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2G: Govt agrees to form 30-member JPC

New Delhi: Bowing to the pressure from smaller parties, the government has finally agreed to form a 30-member Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to look into the 2G spectrum issue, reports claimed Wednesday.

Soon after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced, yesterday, the formation of a JPC, wrangling over its constitution had taken centrestage with indications suggesting that the government is keen on a 21-member a JPC.

Today’s decision came after smaller parties like AIADMK and NCP- who would have been left out in a 21-member JPC- made a strong plea in the Lok Sabha that leaders of all political parties should be given representation in the JPC in order to avoid any feelings of neglect.

As per reports, in the 30-member JPC, 20 would be from the Lok Sabha and 10 from the Rajya Sabha.

Apart from the Congress, BJP, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, BSP, JD (U) and DMK; now most of the smaller parties would also get their members on the panel.

Names of senior Congress leaders Kapil Sibal, P C Chacko and V Kishore Chandra Deo are doing the rounds for the post of Chairman, no decision has been taken on the issue.

The names of BJP deputy leader in the Rajya Sabha S S Ahluwalia and CPI (M) Politburo member Sitaram Yechury were being talked about among the Opposition members on the proposed body.

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