New Delhi: As PAC descended into chaos,
Congress on Thursday backed the "rejection" of the draft report on
2G scam by a majority of MPs on the panel and held its
Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi and BJP squarely responsible for
the document containing "blatant falsehoods".
"Congress supports rejection of the draft report. We back
whatever the party members did in the meeting of the PAC
today", party General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi told
His comments came close on the heels of the UPA managing
to secure the support of BSP and SP to obtain a surprising
majority in the PAC which "rejected" the draft report on the
2G scam that was sharply critical of Prime Minister, his
office and others.
Speaking separately, party spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan
dubbed the draft report as a "blatant falsehood" and demanded
an explanation from Joshi on how the document got leaked.
Accusing the BJP of destroying the institution of the
PAC, she said that "entire responsibility" of erosion of
credibility of the the prestigious committee lay with the
opposition party and Joshi.
"Who will take the responsibility of the leaked report?",
she said accusing Joshi of "abusing" his office of PAC
chairman and maintained that holding of regular press briefing
by the PAC chairman was "definately unusual"
At the PAC meeting, seven Congress MPs, supported by two
from DMK, attacked the Chairman of the 21-member committee
and veteran BJP leader M M Joshi over leakage of the report
prepared by him which had made headlines.