2G: CPI asks Cong to explain its stand on PM

With FM Pranab Mukherjee differing with PM Manmohan Singh on appearing before the PAC, CPI asked Congress to explain its stand on the issue.

Last Updated: Jan 02, 2011, 20:45 PM IST

New Delhi: With Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee differing with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on appearing before the PAC, CPI on Sunday asked Congress to explain its stand on the issue.
CPI National Secertary D Raja wondered whether there is any collective functioning in the UPA government.

"Singh made the offer in an AICC session, a party forum not in Parliament or in any government forum. So is it the Congress party stand or Prime Minister is taking a different stand from the party? Or is it Pranab Mukherjee has said a different thing from what Singh has said?

"Each one has his stand. What is the collective functioning of the government. It is for them to explain to the country and its people," Raja said.
Raja was responding to Mukherjee`s remarks that he was not in favour of the Prime Minister appearing before the Public Accounts Committee on the 2G spectrum issue as he was accountable to the Lok Sabha and "not to any committee".

"The Prime Minister`s offer to appear before the PAC was a decision taken by him without consulting us. If he had discussed it with me I would have advised him not to offer to appear before the PAC," Mukherjee said.
Following up his announcement in Burari Plenary of AICC, Singh wrote to PAC chairman Murli Manohar Joshi on December 27 offering to appear before it in the 2G spectrum scam probe.

PTI

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