The Congress is yet to take a decision on the continuance of its spokesman Manish Tewari in the parliamentary standing committee on personnel, public grievances, law and justice that is examining the Lokpal bill.
"Manish Tewari has expressed his views but the party has taken no such decision. The members of standing committees are appointed by Lok Sabha Speaker and Chairman of Rajya Sabha on the recommendations of political parties," Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said.
Tewari had on Wednesday recused himself from the committee as he did want to cast a shadow on the deliberations over the Lokpal bill.
The committee, headed by senior Congress leader and party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi, is due for reconstitution. Its term ended on Wednesday.
However, Congress sources said indicated Tewari is likely to be re-nominated on the committee. "He may have expressed his sentiments, the party does not agree to his decision. This was unnecessary…he should have waited for the party's decision on it or consulted the party leadership before going public," a senior functionary said.