UPA-Left finesses the NDA
A recent post on The Acorn criticizes the newly formed UPA-Left committee to discuss the nuclear deal with the USA. I agree with most of the article, but I am not sure if there is a valid ground to challenge the composition of this committee. Two of its members are not elected representatives (Karat and Bardhan). Even if a PIL were to be favorably ruled upon, it would result in a bigger farce. Two elected stooges would just replace Karat and Bardhan and relay the information via cell-phone-speakers (every MP has one these days).
The real stinker of the Congress led UPA :
1. Refusal to discuss in Parliament
2. Refusal to convence a Joint Parliamentary Committee to take into confidence all sides.
I will concede that a Reality Check on the exact state of our nuclear capabilities is not worth making public via the Parliament. I cannot however understand why the BJP’s request for a JPC has to be rejected outright. The Congress Party led UPA did not have any problem with constituting a JPC for the OBC quota issue.
Joint Parliamentary Committees are not so special
JPC for Office of Profit issue
JPC for OBC quota
JPC for Pesticides and Colas
JPC for Stock Market Scam
JPC for Wakf Boards
JPC for Forest Rights
. . . (list goes on)
We wont talk to you
Government rejected NDA’s demand for constitution of a Joint Parliamentary Committee to go into the Indo-US nuclear deal issue on Wednesday, according to Opposition leader L K Advani.
Source : TOI
We will talk to you
A 15-member UPA-Left committee to go into the concerns raised by the government’s outside allies on the Indo-US civil nuclear deal was announced on Tuesday by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who will be its convener.
The committee will have six members each from Congress and Left parties and one each from UPA constituents RJD, DMK and the NCP.
Source : TOI
This clearly shows that the Left and the Congress are staging a drama on a grand scale. Their goal is to prevent a reasonable debate on the merits of the Indo-US nuke deal along the lines offered by Yashwant Sinha (BJP).