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Tewari on house panel as Cong retains its team

The Congress has re-nominated spokesman and Lok Sabha MP Manish Tewari as a member of the parliamentary standing committee on personnel, public grievances, law and justice that is examining various versions of the Lokpal bill, sources said on Friday.

delhi Updated: Sep 03, 2011 02:26 IST
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The Congress has re-nominated spokesman and Lok Sabha MP Manish Tewari as a member of the parliamentary standing committee on personnel, public grievances, law and justice that is examining various versions of the Lokpal bill, sources said on Friday.

Tewari had on Wednesday recused himself from the committee, saying he did not want to cast a shadow on the deliberations over the Lokpal bill.

However, the party decided otherwise. It had virtually questioned his move. "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 had said on Thursday.

Along with Tewari, the sources said, the party has re-nominated all its members on the panel, headed by senior Congress leader and another spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi.

The term of the committee, comprising 31 MPs from both the Houses of Parliament, ended on August 31. Members are nominated to the panel based on the party strength and party recommendations. It will be fully reconstituted in next few days.

The next meeting of the committee is scheduled for September 7 when CBI director AP Singh and Central Vigilance Commissioner Pradeep Kumar will give their views on the proposed bill.

Tewari had earlier stirred up a controversy by launching a no-holds-barred attack against social activist Anna Hazare, saying he was "steeped in corruption from head to toe". He later regretted the remarks.

Tewari, a lawyer, is also a member of the JPC probing the 2G spectrum scam.

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