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2G scam: JPC to meet on Friday to adopt draft report

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chackoNew Delhi, September 21; The meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) will now be held on Friday to adopt its controversial draft report on 2G scam.

The meeting was slated to be held on Monday but was postponed in view of the National Integration Council (NIC) meeting.

Panel chief P.C. Chacko said on Saturday that the meeting will now be held on September 27.

The meeting is set to be stormy as it has to adopt the controversial draft report which gave a clean chit to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, but had indicted former Telecom Minister A. Raja for the 2G scam.

Battle lines have been drawn for the meeting as BJP and Left members are all set to oppose the draft report by either giving strong notes of dissent or demanding a vote.

The JPC has 20 members from Lok Sabha and 10 from Rajya Sabha. It has 12 members of the ruling UPA – Congress (11) and NCP (1). Among its outside allies, SP has one member and BSP two.

Opposition camp has BJP (6), BJD (1), TMC (1), CPI (1), CPI-M (1), DMK (1) and AIADMK (1). JD(U), which recently split with BJP, has two members and the party’s stand will be crucial.

Besides, there is one nominated member from the Rajya Sabha.

The JPC has not met for a variety of reasons since April when the draft report was circulated to the members. Its last meeting took place in February this year.

The term of the JPC was recently extended till the end of the Winter Session of Parliament. This was the sixth extension to the JPC set up in March, 2011.

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