What’s behind the JPC?

January 03 2011

The Budget session of the Parliament is around the corner and the government is becoming worried about the no-work phase that is currently underway in the government. Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar’s active endeavours in the direction reflect the government’s intentions. When inside the Speaker’s Chambers, the leaders of Opposition party Advani and Sushma Swaraj were talking to Pranab Mukherjee, Mukherjee asked Sushma, “Sushma ji, what will you get if the JPC is formed?” “At least the Parliament will function,” Sushma quipped, leaving Pranab da speechless. She then asked what was wrong in forming a JPC. When during the NDA rule and Congress was in Opposition, the ruling government took all of ten minutes to concede the Opposition’s demand for a JPC. The BJP had even requested Sonia Gandhi to chair the JPC while the tradition is that such a committee is headed by a person from the ruling party. The Congress had then recommended Sharad Pawar’s name. It was the first time in the history of the Parliament that such a committee was headed by a leader from the Opposition party. Sushma in her oratorical style, next wanted to know that if the demand for a JPC was right then, what was wrong with asking for one now?

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