Hazare campaign, JPC steal BJP thunder
Even as the BJP has lost the initiative for leading a popular campaign against corruption to social activist Anna Hazare, some in the party fear this may be the case within Parliament too. Officially, however, the party insists it is on the right track.delhi Updated: Apr 22, 2011 23:50 IST
Even as the BJP has lost the initiative for leading a popular campaign against corruption to social activist Anna Hazare, some in the party fear this may be the case within Parliament too. Officially, however, the party insists it is on the right track.
As the Congress members pick holes into the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Murli Manohar Joshi’s attempts to embarrass the government over the 2G spectrum scandal, the BJP remains a mute spectator.
The reason: while it is the Congress that is criticising the PAC’s handling of the issue now, the BJP itself had set the tone for an attack on the body at the time of its Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) demand, which the government eventually agreed to.
“It was we who first questioned the PAC’s mandate to look into the 2G scam. We cannot now say aggressively that we condemn the Congress attempts to sabotage the PAC probe,” said a BJP leader.
“And while the PAC has an opposition leader heading it, the JPC is headed by a ruling party leader.”
BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman disagees: “We are not in a bind at all. While the PAC is more than a mere
auditor unlike what the Congress now says, the BJP believes the transgressions of public policy can be brought out extensively through the JPC even as the PAC does its job. It is Congress that is guilty of double-speak.”
Months ago, many in the party felt Joshi’s alacrity as PAC chairman was damaging its JPC demand.
The party was then insisting that the PAC could just look into the CAG’s report, and only a JPC could go into wider aspects.