BJP blames PM, Sonia for disruption of PAC meeting

BJP held Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi responsible for the disruption of the last PAC meeting and announced that it would now take the fight against corruption to the streets.

Last Updated: May 05, 2011, 23:03 PM IST

New Delhi: BJP on Thursday held Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi responsible
for the disruption of the last PAC meeting and announced that
it would now take the fight against corruption to the streets.

"I want to ask whether the tamasha (high drama at PAC
meeting) that happened in Parliament happened without the
consent of Sonia Gandhi. Has it happened without the
permission of the Prime Minister? Both of them have not said
anything till now on this issue," BJP president Nitin Gadkari
said at a public meeting here.

BJP has alleged that the Prime Minister knew about all
the decisions being taken by the Telecom Ministry on the 2G
spectrum allocation issue.

"The Prime Minister was informed about each decision and
step taken. But he chose to bury his head in the sand when the
storm came," member of the last PAC Yashwant Sinha said.

Reacting to Congress allegations that PAC Chairperson
Murli Manohar Joshi was playing politics over the 2G spectrum
issue, Gadkari said this was a case of pot calling the kettle
black.

"Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh are the producer and
director of these scams," he said.

Addressing the public meeting, Yashwant Sinha- who is a
member of the JPC on the 2G scam- targeted the then Finance
Minister P Chidambaram for the scandal and demanded that he be
brought to book.

"The then Finance Minister P Chidambaram is directly
responsible. Till he does not come under the CBI investigation
into 2G scam, the whole truth will not come out. CBI should
probe his role. He is a master of obfuscation," Sinha said.

He alleged that Chidambaram had not performed his duty
as Finance Minister and charged him with arrogance.

"Chidambaram thinks he can speak better English than the
people of US and England. He is directly responsible. He
definitely played a role in this," Sinha said.

As Finance Minister, Chidambaram had reportedly stated
that the matter of licence allocation for 2G be treated as
closed.

Gadkari also took digs at Finance Minister Pranab
Mukherjee who had praised bodies like the PAC and CAG during
his speech at the Annual General Meeting of the Asian
Development Bank in Hanoi yesterday.

Mukherjee had said these constitutional bodies provide
checks and balances which ensure transparency and
accountability in the system.

"Why is Pranab Mukherjee praising the PAC outside the
country (when his colleagues are so critical of it)? To the
people it is now clear who is with and who is against
corruption," Gadkari said.

With Joshi having submitted his report on the 2G issue
as PAC chairman to the Speaker, BJP now plans to keep the
issue alive by going to people as well as raking it up
vociferously in the JPC.

"Now this fight (on 2G issue) will go to JPC and we are
ready for this fight," Sinha said.

Murli Manohar Joshi, who was in the eye of a storm as
Chairperson of the last PAC, described the last meeting of the
Parliamentary panel as "theatre of the absurd".

"The report should be presented in Parliament. They have
no right to hold this report," Joshi said, while rubbishing
all allegations that he had presented a "motivated" report.

"PAC has the right to call anybody, ask for any
government document. It can even demand an affidavit from an
individual. It is not an ordinary committee," Joshi said.

He maintained that the government had made a "failed
attempt" to cover-up corruption by disrupting the PAC`s
functioning and was playing politics on the issue.

PTI

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