Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Murli Manohar Joshi on Thursday fell in line with his party’s position, stating that as a BJP leader he fully supported the party’s demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the 2G spectrum and other scams.
“As a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party, I stand fully committed to the demand for the formation of a Joint Parliamentary Committee to look into the broader questions related to corruption facing the country today,” he said in a statement.
This came after a phase of considerable unease within the party that his stand that the PAC was not limited to the CAG report and had a wider scope went against the party’s stated position that the PAC had too narrow a focus to look into scams that had very wide aspects.
Sources say the clarification came after party chief Nitin Gadkari met Joshi and convinced him to make his position clear. Joshi is believed to
have told Gadkari that his position did not contradict the party line.
BJP ally Janata Dal (U) — which has been taking keen interest in the campaign against “UPA corruption” — had also been uneasy about Joshi. Sources said JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav called up Gadkari on Wednesday afternoon to impress upon him the need to make Joshi climb down from his position that was obliquely damaging the NDA line.
Gadkari is believed to have told Yadav that he would take up the matter with Joshi.
Josji’s statement has ensured that he does not have to take a complete U-turn.
“As the chairman of PAC, I believe in the committee’s vast powers in bringing greater accountability to public spending. I commit myself to playing this role efficiently,” he said.