Hypocrites' rally, no question of JPC: says Cong
The Congress slammed the BJP-led NDA's anti-graft rally in Delhi as a rally by "hypocrites…and the greatest practitioners of corruption", who could "perhaps figure in the Guinness Book of Records for parliamentary disruption and inaction on corruption".delhi Updated: Dec 23, 2010 00:09 IST
The Congress slammed the BJP-led NDA's anti-graft rally in Delhi as a rally by "hypocrites…and the greatest practitioners of corruption", who could "perhaps figure in the Guinness Book of Records for parliamentary disruption and inaction on corruption".
At his acerbic best, spokesman Abhishek Singhvi played on the BJP's acronym, wondering how the "Bangaru-Judeo Party"- alluding to former party chief Bangaru Laxman and Dilip Singh Judeo who were caught on camera accepting bribes - can have a rally on corruption.
Describing the BJP as "paper tigers", Singhvi rejected its demand for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's resignation, saying that was for the people to decide by comparing the actions of the two parties on the issue.
The Congress, he claimed, had acted against those accused of "misconduct and corruption" even without an inquiry as in the case of K Natwar Singh (food for oil scandal), Shashi Tharoor (IPL scam) and Ashok Chavan (housing scandal).
Singhvi said that eight legal steps have already been taken to deal with the 2G spectrum controversy. But he rejected a JPC, claiming that the panel cannot lead to punitive action. "At most, it can give a report and suggest recommendations," he said.
Another Congress spokesperson Sanjay Nirupam said the demand of the opposition should be termed BJPC. "The demand for a JPC is BJP's political agenda and Left has landed in its trap," Nirupam said, adding that the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is competent enough to look into policy matters and the BJP's campaign to the contrary is misleading.
"As a rule, it (PAC) expresses no opinion on points of general policy, but it is within its jurisdiction to point out whether there has been extravagance or waste in carrying out that policy," the manual of practice and procedure of parliament says.
Nirupam said the Lok Sabha Speaker, by a simple ruling can expand the scope of the PAC further, if the situation so requires.