New Delhi: Congress members on Monday made a
strong pitch at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for
acceptance of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s offer to appear
before it in connection with the alleged 2G spectrum scam but
non-UPA members opposed it saying rules do not permit this.
At a meeting of the PAC, chaired by senior BJP leader
Murli Manohar Joshi, Congress ministers insisted that the
panel take cognizance of the Prime Minister`s offer and call
him for "consultations" in the matter.
However, non-UPA members of the panel cited rules and
procedures of the House Committee which do not permit calling
ministers before it.
Yashwant Sinha (BJP) is understood to have quoted Rules
of Procedure and Conduct of the Lok Sabha which do not permit
asking a minister to appear before it.
N K Singh of JD(U) wondered whether PAC can override
rules and procedures and call the Prime Minister to appear
B Mahtab (BJD), Reoti Raman Singh (SP) are also
understood to have voiced similar views.
A member of the Committee said the offer of the Prime
Minister was political and there was no need for PAC to fall
However, all the members wanted Joshi to clarify the
position of PAC before the media and agreed with the
formulation that an "appropriate decision would be taken at an
This was the line taken by the PAC Chairman at a media
briefing that took place after the meeting.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today wrote to Parliament`s
Public Accounts Committee offering to appear before it on the
2G spectrum scam.