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Why can’t BJP speak in one voice? Sushma, Jaitley differ!

February 22, 2011 By: Gemini Category: Uncategorized

It’s
not just senior BJP leader L K Advani’s letter of regret to Congress chief
Sonia Gandhi that is at variance with the mood in the saffron party. Even when
it comes to the party’s stand on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, two faces of
its parliamentary party – Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley- speak differently.

A
buzz in the corridors of Parliament on Tuesday was that the PM had two drafts
of his statements. He picked the one that put the blame for the JPC on the
opposition in an indirect manner.

Swaraj
thought the PM had done the best thing he could do to clear the air on corruption
charges by announcing a joint parliamentary party (JPC) to go into the 2G
spectrum scam.

But Jaitely
thought otherwise. Both aired their views on the floor of Parliament, albeit in
different Houses.

In
the Rajya Sabha, after the Prime Minister made a similar statement on the JPC
formation, Jaitley said he was “disappointed” over the contents of the
statement.

“The
issue could be resolved in a more gracious manner,” he said adding the content
of the PM’s statement showed the government had done everything and the JPC was
formed only because Parliament was paralysed.

Jaitley said the formation of
the JPC could have been done in a graceful way rather than in a “tasteless”
manner by projecting that the opposition had coerced the government to do so.

In
the Lok Sabha, Swaraj thanked the PM and Leader of the House Pranab Mukherjee
for the decision. “We should not see this as a victory or defeat. This is a
victory of democracy. We should all work together putting aside any talk of
victory or defeat,” she said.

Even
the Left party was irked by Swaraj’s praise. CPI’s Gurudas Dasgupta said the
government had only done its duty and did not deserved to be “thanked.”

 “We could not succeed in spite of our sincere
efforts” to persuade the Opposition not to insist on a JPC probe, the PM said.

 “We can ill afford a situation where
Parliament is not allowed to function during the crucial Budget session. It is
in these special circumstances that our government agrees to the setting up of
a JPC,” he said.

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