Face JPC or quit: BJP to PM at rally against corruption
New Delhi: Emboldened by the successful agitation inside Parliament, the main Opposition BJP on Wednesday renewed its attack against the Congress and demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the 2G spectrum scam.
Addressing a massive rally of the Opposition NDA at Ram Lila Maidan here, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said only a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) can do justice in the 2G spectrum allocation scam probe. Jaitley, the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, further asked the PM to set up a JPC and appear before it or else “resign on moral grounds”.
He also slammed the PM over the appointment of ‘tainted’ CVC PJ Thomas.
Addressing the crowd at the NDA rally against corruption, the BJP leader said “in the Congress regime corporate houses and lobbyists took the decision of allocation of ministries”, indirectly referring to the Niira Radia issue.
“If we would not have stalled the Parliament, A Raja would have continued as the telecom minister,” Jaitely said.
The NDA’s massive show of strength comes just two days after the Congress held its plenary session on the outskirts of the national capital, where its leaders took turns to attack the BJP on issues ranging from right-wing terror to land scam in Karnataka.
At the plenary, Prime Minister Singh had rejected the BJP’s demand to set up a JPC to investigate the 2G scam, but expressed his readiness to appear before the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee. The BJP however turned down the PM’s offer.
The entire Winter Session of Parliament got washed out with no significant business conducted due to the Opposition protests leading to daily adjournment of Lok Sabha as well as Rajya Sabha.