The parliament building in New Delhi December 1, 2010. REUTERS/B Mathur

With parliament still deadlocked, does it make sense for the Congress to bow to opposition demands and set up a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe into the alleged telecoms scam?

If the government does agree to such a probe — and a few allies already think it should — it may well be in for a prolonged period of uncertainty.

A JPC in which the ruling party is in a minority and has to depend on mercurial parties for support will be a loaded gun.

Pulling the trigger may mean putting the Prime Minister in the dock.

Granting the JPC, however, may convince the people of the government’s intentions of coming clean.

The JPC makes sense if it manages to clear up the murky dealings between the politicians, the bureaucrats, the industrialists and the media.