All options open to break 2G logjam: Cong
SC also said it would lay down guidelines for future appointment to the post of CVC.
New Delhi: Ahead of the all party meeting to be held on February 8 to end the logjam over the issue, Congress on Thursday said no option was ruled out to break the stalemate in Parliament over a JPC probe into the 2G Spectrum scam.
"I cannot comment on the details of the contours of the solution. All I can say is that virtually every possibility is open so long as the House, which is constititionaly created for such a purpose is used for discussion," party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi told reporters in New Delhi.
He was responding to a question on whether the government is working on a quid pro quo formulae with the opposition to announce JPC after a discussion on the issue is held in the House.
"I cannot go beyond this because those who are managing the issue cannot be pre-empted in their judgement," he added.
Singhvi, at the same time, hoped that the Opposition would listen to the nation's call and would not obstruct budget session on a "wrong and dishonest demand of JPC".
A senior party leader said while there was no doubt about Congress getting through the discussion in Lok Sabha, where it has a majority, the party is definitely bothered about the outcome of the discussions in Rajya Sabha and hence could finally agree to a JPC. He said that the government cannot also offer to list 2G issue as the first item of discussion during the session to mollify the Opposition.
The leader said that Left will have no problem in particiapting in a discussion on the issue first.
"We will see how the issue fans out in February 8 meeting," he said.
A section of the party believes that the resolution of the vexed issue may not come on February 8 and could require more such meetings between the government and the Opposition ahead of the session, which starts on February 21.
Singhvi refused to comment on the Supreme Court questioning CVC's clearance given to PJ Thomas in 2007-08 for being appointed as Secretary.
"It is not only illegal but also irresponsible to react minute to minute on the facts of ongoing proceedings in the Supreme Court. Congress is certainly not going to react to it. Whatever the court decides will be given respect by all," he said.
Singhvi's comments came as the government faced yet another day of searching questions over the vigilance nod given to PJ Thomas's appointment as secretary with the Supreme Court holding that the CVC cannot be the final authority in giving clearance to an official facing a corruption case.
The Court also said it would lay down guidelines for future appointment to the post of Central Vigilance Commissioner.
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