Cong dares BJP to have a vote on draft report on 2G scam

Congress on Saturday sought to take the wind out of opposition`s campaign on the PAC issue, daring the BJP to have a vote on Sunday on the panel`s draft report on the 2G scam.

Last Updated: Apr 30, 2011, 23:20 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress on Saturday sought to take the
wind out of opposition`s campaign on the PAC issue, daring the
BJP to have a vote on Sunday on the panel`s draft report on the
2G scam.

"Please have the vote tomorrow if Murli Manohar Joshi is
ready and BJP is ready," AICC spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told
reporters in reply to a volley of questions on the issue.

Speaking close on the heels of PAC Chairman Joshi`s
press conference, he trashed the BJP veteran`s claim that he
had submitted the PAC report on the 2G scam to Lok Sabha
Speaker Meira Kumar.

Singhvi, a senior lawyer, insisted that Joshi did not
allow a formal vote to be recorded at the controversial
meeting of the PAC two days back despite Congress and DMK
members repeatedly pressing for it.

Besides, he wondered as to why former Telecom Minister A
Raja, whose evidence was crucial for the 2G scam probe, was
not summoned by the PAC.

He also faulted the PAC chairman for noting the
deposition of Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister as
also that of the Attorney General were mentioned in the draft
report when the fact of the matter was they had not appeared
before the Committee.

Singhvi sought to project the `haste` by Joshi of
submitting the draft report as aimed at taking a march over
BJP veteran LK Advani as PM in waiting.

Wondering how the draft report was leaked to the press,
he claimed the draft report conceals more than it reveals as
it was "meant for a different audience, different purpose and
different ambition".

Alleging that the draft report was outsourced by Joshi,
he claimed the "nature, language, speed and technology showed
that it was not written in the way it should have been
written."

A senior party leader, speaking on the condition of
anonymity, said it would be difficult for Speaker Meira
Kumar to accept the draft report as the report of the PAC.

He said that the elderly BJP leader was having his swan
song and wanted to make a splash before taking a bow and the
PAC job gave him the perfect opportunity.

The leader said Congress could make it difficult for
Joshi to work in the PAC if the Speaker went ahead with his
renomination as the Chairman as per BJP`s request.

PTI