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2G: Congress, BJP slug it out over PAC report

Congress today attacked Murli Manohar Joshi for re-circulating the controversial report of the PAC headed by him on the 2G scam saying it amounted to making the committee "partisan and motivated", a contention dismissed by BJP which found "nothing wrong" in the move.

delhi Updated: Aug 07, 2011 17:18 IST
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Congress on Sunday attacked Murli Manohar Joshi for re-circulating the controversial report of the PAC headed by him on the 2G scam saying it amounted to making the committee "partisan and motivated", a contention dismissed by BJP which found "nothing wrong" in the move.

"Clearly the chairman and the BJP are bent upon making the Committee political, partisan and motivated. The PAC chairman or the PAC are not oxygen generating medical units to breathe life into a constitutionally dead PAC report," Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said.

The controversial report on 2G scam that had questioned the role of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former finance minister P Chidambaram was returned by speaker Meira Kumar suggesting it was not supported by the entire PAC whose term ended on April 30.

Holding that after rejection of the earlier report, none exists in law or fact, Singhvi said proceedings, if any, have have to commence de novo.

"Secondly, it has to be decided whether it is more appropriate for a larger or more specific committee like the JPC set up for this purpose to look into the matter or the PAC, which is general, is riven with a vote of no-confidence in its chairman and holds no live reference on the 2G issue as of now," he said.

BJP, however, supported Joshi's move saying there was nothing wrong in it.

"The report was sent to the Speaker and the Speaker said the report has not been adopted. So naturally, if the report has not been adopted by a committee, then it has to be circulated to be adopted. So if it has been circulated, there is nothing wrong in it," senior party leader SS Ahluwalia said.

Joshi had on August 6 circulated the report to the PAC members with a forwarding letter that he was sending them the draft report again after consulting legal experts, rules of procedures and "past precedents".

In his letter to the members, Joshi said he has consulted the experts, looked into precedents and referred to rule books and he believes the draft report is the "unfinished agenda of the previous PAC".

After a CAG report rapped the Delhi government for irregularities in CWG projects and dragged the PMO in the 2G spectrum case, the BJP today appeared all set to raise these issues in Parliament and even force adjournment of the two Houses.

The core group of the BJP Parliamentary Party, which met here under the leadership of LK Advani to decide its stand on these issues, including land acquisition, will unveil its strategy after a meeting of the NDA on Monday, Ahluwalia told reporters in New Delhi.

"For the last few days, several corruption-related issues have come up. All such issues were discussed to finalise the party's strategy. Tomorrow morning at the meeting of the NDA, we will take a final decision on what will be the strategy in the Parliament for the week," he said.

Party sources said if the government does not agree to its demand for a discussion on the 2G issue, the main opposition is likely to force adjournment.

Asked if the CAG report slamming the Delhi Government for irregularities in the Commonwealth Games projects came up in the meeting, Ahluwalia evaded a direct reply saying, "You will know everything after tomorrow's NDA meeting."

The BJP has been demanding chief minister Sheila Dikshit's resignation in the wake of the CAG report.

"We have not retracted from our demand," Ahluwalia said.