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Cong, Oppn head for showdown in PAC meet

delhi Updated: Oct 02, 2012 02:33 IST
Saubhadra Chatterji
Saubhadra Chatterji
Hindustan Times
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The latest round of war of words between the members of UPA and the opposition over the CAG reports is likely to spill over to Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that meets on October 3 and 4.

On the first day, the PAC will quiz top civil aviation officials over the recent CAG report on the public-private partnership in the Delhi International Airport Ltd. The next day, the panel is set to finalise its draft report on the CAG report on the Commonwealth Games (CWG). The report on the CWG flagged inflated and indiscriminate expenditure.

In the panel, led by BJP’s Murali Manohar Joshi, the Opposition members will try to blame several Congress ministers and officials for the CWG mess while the UPA members — who are in majority in the panel — are likely to thwart these efforts.

“We want to fix accountability and find out who were responsible for the CWG scam. We would like to name as many people as required in the report,” said an opposition leader.

The Congress had already questioned the CAG’s findings on the CWG. “Any effort to score political points will be resisted,” a senior Congress member of the PAC told HT.

The government and the private developer of the Delhi airport have also questioned the CAG’s conclusions on its report on the airport. In the meeting, the auditor will make a presentation on its findings.

The CAG report said the aviation ministry allowed GMR-led DIAL to get an undue benefit of Rs 3,400 crore from development fees. The PAC had earlier witnessed acrimony over the CAG’s report on the 2G spectrum that was finally rejected through a majority vote.

The CWG report was touted by the BJP and other opposition parties as a major scam. Even the Congress’s estranged ally Mamata Banerjee alleged that the government was trying to divert people’s attention from scams like coalgate, 2G and CWG by bringing in FDI policies.