JPC on VVIP chopper deal meaningless: BJP

Published: 27th February 2013 02:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th February 2013 02:39 PM   |  A+A-


Rejecting the government's offer for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the VVIP helicopter deal, the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) said Wednesday this was aimed at scuttling the investigations as the current Lok Sabha's term will end next year.

"JPC is meaningless in present situation because the Lok Sabha term will end in about a year's time and as we know JPCs take longer. So this is a method of scuttling the probe," senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath has said that the government is open to a JPC or any kind of inquiry.

"It is for the house when it debates (the issue) to take a decision on this. We are ready for any investigation or inquiry of any kind. Going to any length is acceptable to the government," Kamal Nath said.

He also said that some opposition parties have demanded a JPC.

"Government totally accepts JPC. Some of the political parties have said that they want a JPC ...we (government) accept a JPC. The point is that the government wants to get to the bottom of this because such a scam breaking out internationally is a slur on India. One is the bribery part of it and the corruption part of it. That is why it is very important on part of the government of India to reveal the truth not only to people of the country but to all the concerned all over," Kamal Nath added.

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