2G: No conflict between JPC and PAC, says Joshi

Chairman of Public Accounts Committee Murli Manohar Joshi on Tuesday said that there was no conflict or clash between the JPC and the panel headed by him.

Shimla: Chairman of Public Accounts
Committee Murli Manohar Joshi on Tuesday said that there was no
conflict or clash between the JPC and the panel headed by him
and both can function within their own domain to probe
irregularities in 2G spectrum allocation.

He said that the Joint Parliamentary Committee was
supposed to work under specific terms of reference and
conditions and did not have the right to summon the Prime
Minister or any minister but PAC was a constitutional body.

The 2G scam was being probed by the Supreme Court,
CBI, Enforcement Directorate and the PAC and all the agencies
were working without any clash, he told reporters here.

Referring to the invitation to Pakistan President and
Prime Minister to watch the cricket World Cup semi-final at
Mohali, the BJP leader said that "cricket diplomacy" has its
own place but in case of Pakistan the most important thing was
its "intention and will" to live in peace and harmony with
India.

He said that another problem in improving bilateral
relations with Pakistan was that "it is not clear that who
would take the final decision in that country on a crucial
matter -- the democratically elected government or the Army".

On reported remarks of Home Minister P Chidambaram in
leaked US diplomatic cables that India would have made more
progress if it had only Southern and Western parts, Joshi
said, "Our Prime Ministers from North did not have parochial
vision and planned for the development of the entire country
and faster development took place in southern states but the
benefits of the growth should be shared by the entire country.”

"If the Home Minister thinks otherwise, he has no
moral right to remain in his position," he said.

PTI

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