New Delhi (JPN/Bureau): Government has started taking concrete steps in order to end the political deadlock over Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) over a string of scams including 2G spectrum allocation, Commonwealth Games and Adarsh Society. Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee met opposition leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitely in this regard on Wednesday.

Government renewed efforts to break the impasse in Parliament after PM Manmohan Singh indicated willingness to form JPC on Wednesday morning. The meeting was also attended by Defense Minister AK Antony, Home Minister P Chidambaram and Parliamentary affairs Minister Pawan Bansal.

In the meeting, Leaders of both the Houses demanded the formation of JPC to probe all three scams. Government however reportedly agreed with JPC on 2G scam. It was unclear what the government would do on other scams.

Coming out of the meeting, Swaraj expressed optimism at the government’s initiative. "We are hopeful that the government will accept our demand and the impasse will be resolved," she said.

Swaraj added that she had assured the government that opposition will be present during the President’s opening address to the joint sitting of both Houses on Feb 21. However, on Feb 22, if the government announces JPC on the floor of the House, only then will proceedings continue for the rest of the Budget session, she said.

However, Bansal was non-committal on the issue. He said the government had neither accepted nor rejected opposition’s demands.