Hours after walking out of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) meeting for the second consecutive time on Tuesday, senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Tuesday announced the withdrawal of BJP members from the panel probing the 2G spectrum allocation.
Stating that a decision on formally quitting the panel would be taken by the party President after September 20, he accused JPC head PC Chacko of behaving like a Congress spokesperson instead of a committee chairman.
Sinha alleged that when BJP members sought his permission to speak on the list of witnesses to be called on Tuesday, Chacko denied them permission — stating that RBI governor D Subbarao was to make a presentation. The party interpreted this as an attempt by Chacko to prevent the Prime Minister, finance minister, former PM aide TKA Nair and others from appearing before the committee. When Sinha then wrote to Chacko, asking him not to sweep the witness list under the carpet any longer, the latter replied that he was in the process of preparing it.
Following this, Chacko accused the BJP of coming to the meeting with a plan and trying to implement it. Stating that including the names of the PM or finance minister in the list of witnesses was a decision required to taken democratically by the committee, he said, “The BJP members returned to the meeting on their own and I did not assure anything to them. They came with an agenda and executed it. Their demand was totally unreasonable.”
“We withdrew from the JPC today. We propose to take up this issue with the party president immediately after the Bharat Bandh, whether we continue in the committee or not,” Sinha said. “The final decision will be taken after the 20th, but we have no faith in the manner of functioning of the JPC… the chairman behaves like a Congress spokesperson, not a JPC chairman.”
He said that Chacko denied many BJP leaders, including Ravi Shankar Prasad, Gopinath Munde and Dharmendra Pradhan, permission to speak.