New Delhi: In an unusual development, several opposition parties including BJP today opposed setting up of a joint parliamentary committee to probe the chopper deal, contending that it "was an exercise in futility" and "diversionary tactic".
Shiv Sena, an NDA constituent delinked itself from BJP's position and supported formation of 30-member JPC to come out with a report in three months.
BJP, which had stalled the entire Winter Session of 2010 by persistently demanding a JPC probe into the 2-G scam, today walked out of Rajya Sabha over its formation contending that it will be of no use.
As soon as Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath moved a motion for setting up of JPC, Leader of the Opposition, Arun Jaitley said his party cannot support it.
The noted lawyer said that the case required extradition as well as custodial interrogation to unravel the truth but JPC can have none of these powers. These can only done by an investigative agency like CBI.
He later led a walk out of party members. Members of CPI, JD (U), Trinamool and AGP also walked out. Nath attacked them for the walk out, saying the opposition was running away from the issue particularly when they had wasted an entire session by demanding JPC probe over 2G issue. "This is nothing but plain politics," he said before the motion was put to vote and passed.