Sonia rejects demand for JPC probe into 2G scam

Sonia rejects demand for JPC probe into 2G scam

New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday strongly rejected the Opposition demand for a joint parliamentary probe (JPC) into the 2G spectrum controversy.

Gandhi said the examination of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on 2G spectrum allocation irregularities by the public accounts committee (PAC), the ongoing CBI investigation and the probe by the retired Supreme Court judge into the scam prove that the government is determined to get to the root of the matter.

However, the congress chief admits that corruption is widespread.

In her address to the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) general body meeting here, Gandhi said the BJP-led opposition is indulging in double-standards and double speak when it comes to corruption.

She flayed the BJP over the issue of corruption while referring to the Karnataka developments and the circumstances in which chief minister B. S. Yeddyurappa was allowed to continue despite the charges of corruption in land allotment.

In order it counter the campaign against the Congress party, the Congress chief urged the party leaders to take the messages of the welfare programmes launched by the UPA to people and put pressure on state governments to implement them.

Later, briefing the reporters, party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said that the Congress president maintained that it is a painful truth that corruption exists, and that it should be looked into how the Government and the political parties take action in the matter after cases have surfaced.

On opposition not allowing Parliament to function, Gandhi said, “That’s their choice".

The Congress president said the countrymen will not forget and forgive the opposition for wastage of the entire session.

She said that Congress has shown great consistency in taking action against corruption as also against ministers even without a “concrete legal conviction".

“In contrast, the BJP not only in Karnataka but right from Tehelka, right from so many other scams during the NDA has consistently overlooked, brushed aside or supported the situation of corruption. They have reinstated persons while inquiries were going on," Singhvi said quoting Gandhi and added issues in Karnataka were brazenly overlooked.

Gandhi, while congratulating Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for 9% GDP growth in the country, also underlined the party’s principle to achieve “inclusive growth" and not forget the aam aadami.