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Oct 11, 2012 at 03:00pm IST

2G: Left leaders walk out of JPC meet, BSP, SP support them

New Delhi: After the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) boycotted the Joint Parliamentary Committee meet on the 2G Scam, the Left Front leaders also walked out of the meeting on Thursday. CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta walked out of the meeting demanding that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram depose as witnesses in the case. The Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party have also supported the Left leaders' decision.

The Congress now seems to be isolated in the case as the entire Opposition is now demanding that the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister depose. Earlier BJP leader Yashwant Sinha wrote to the chief of the JPC, PC Chacko, saying that the BJP will boycott the meeting on the 2G spectrum scam.

Expressing similar sentiments, another BJP member said there is no relevance in attending the meeting where former Additional Secretary of the Department of Economic Affairs Sindhushree Khullar will appear. BJP members had stormed out of the meetings of JPC on August 22 and September 18, charging panel chief PC Chacko with being biased and accusing Congress members of using foul language.

The six BJP members in JPC had asked Chacko to take a final decision on calling Singh and Chidambaram before the Committee. But Chacko has maintained that he would not take a decision on the issue using his discretionary powers and would leave it to the wisdom of committee members. Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) too had demanded that Chidambaram be called before JPC after RBI Governor D Subbarao deposed before it. Chacko had postponed the October 3 meeting of the JPC after Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar decided to talk to BJP members to end the stalemate.

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