Cong, Oppn spar over 2G report in PAC meeting

The 2G scam rocked PAC meeting yet again with members of the ruling Congress raising the issue of the controversial report submitted by its chairperson M M Joshi, leading to a strong rebuff from the opposition.

Last Updated: Jul 19, 2011, 20:18 PM IST

New Delhi: The 2G spectrum allocation scam
rocked Parliament`s Public Accounts Committee meeting yet
again on Tuesday with members of the ruling Congress raising the
issue of the controversial report submitted by its chairperson
M M Joshi, leading to a strong rebuff from the opposition.

The PAC meeting, called to discuss the CAG report on Land
and Development of the Ministry of Urban Development, was
drawing to a close when the scene turned acrimonious with
Congress member Sanjay Nirupam raising the issue of the
controversial report and news items in this regard.

Some PAC members had already left when Nirupam said that
though the last meeting of the panel was held in a good
spirit, there were reports in the press that the PAC
Chairperson had not been allowed to speak and was heckled by
the Congress members, sources said.
"At this point, Joshi intervened to say that Congress
members had already stated that they had no faith in the Chair
and had been attacking the Chair in every meeting in the
recent past," a senior leader present at the meeting said.

This led to sparring between the Congress members and the
opposition led by BJP, with BJD and Shiv Sena joining in.
The BJP leaders charged that the Congress leaders were
trying to shield the corrupt and want to fizzle out the
opposition initiative in the fight against corruption.

Attacking the Congress, an opposition leader said the
ruling party was not talking about the statements made by its
spokesperson who had alleged that the report - prepared by the
previous PAC - was "outsourced" and had termed it as "Joshi`s
report".

PTI