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No JPC or statement from PM on spectrum issue: Govt

New Delhi: Ruling out a statement by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Parliament on the resignation of Telecom Minister A Raja, Government today said BJP’s demand for a JPC probe into 2G spectrum issue was “unacceptable” and slammed the opposition party for not allowing the Houses to function.

“Why should the Prime Minister make a statement in Parliament. It is the privilege of the minister to make a statement on the floor of the House. If Raja wants to make a statement, he can do so,” Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters.

Going on the offensive against the BJP, he wondered whether then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had made a statement in Parliament after George Fernandes had resigned as Defence Minister in the wake of the Tehelka expose.

Mukherjee, who is the Leader of the Lok Sabha, said the “JPC demand is absolutely unacceptable.

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