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Why Cong Running Away From JPC, Asks Lalu

PTI 03 Dec 2010, 11:19:00 IST
New Delhi, Dec 2 :  Unfazed over the drubbing in Bihar assembly elections, Lalu Prasad's RJD today adopted a combative posture attacking the Centre for its refusal to accept the Opposition's demand for JPC to probe 2G Spectrum.

It also pilloried Congress MPs' initiative to forego their daily allowances on days Parliament did not function. The party has four MPs in Lok Sabha and it had declared its support to UPA during government formation.

"This show off of foregoing daily allowances is a big joke played with Parliamentary democracy. This is illogical. What is the definition of work. MPs do not work on the basis of muster rolls," senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh told reporters here.

Party chief Lalu Prasad said "JPC is like mini-Parliament. Why are they (Congress)are running away from JPC. By rejecting the JPC demand, they have proved that they have no faith in the Parliamentary system."

The RJD chief regretted that reports coming in media suggest that this is a government in which even the Prime Minister is not being heard by his ministers. "Reports suggest this is a government in which the PM is not heard. A person of his ministry does not listen to him and did a scam," he said.

Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said that by denying JPC, the government is virtually proving itself guilty. "Why this running away from JPC, when this is also from the same Parliament to which we all belong," he wondered.

Asked about the apprehensions in the government that the sole objective of the Opposition in seeking a JPC probe into the matter is to call Prime Minister Manmohan Singh before the Parliamentary panel, the RJD leader said," If Prime Minister comes before Parliament, what is the harm in going before JPC, which is some sort of a mini-Parliament."

"If JPC can do nothing as being claimed by the government, why are they afraid of constituting it. What is so unnatural about the demand for JPC", he asked.

On the RJD-LJP's alliance's crushing defeat in Bihar assembly polls, where RJD could win 22 seats and its ally Ram Vilas Paswan's LJP only 3, the RJD chief said that the party will assess the reasons in a two-day review meeting Patna.

The meeting which was earlier supposed to be held on December 17 and 18 will now take place on December 21 and 22 in which the party is expected to do a brainstorming on its worst-ever performance in Bihar where it ruled for 15 years.

Prasad, however, refused to accept that his decision to concede 75 seats to LJP was any mistake and described Paswan as "a thorough gentleman" saying there was "no doubt about his commitment". He also defended his decision to induct JD-U rebel and Rajput leader Prabhunath Singh into RJD, which angered party MP Umashankar Singh.