Cong takes dig at BJP over JPC demand

Congress asked whether the opposition does not believe in the impartiality of its leader, who heads the Public Accounts Committee.

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2010, 00:32 AM IST

New Delhi: Congress on Tuesday took a
dig at the BJP over its demand for a JPC probe into the 2G
Spectrum issue, asking whether the opposition does not believe
in the impartiality of its leader, who heads the Public
Accounts Committee.

"PAC is also some sort of JPC as this, too, has
members from various political parties. PAC is headed by a
member from the Opposition and is currently chaired by BJP`s
Murali Manohar Joshi. Does the BJP feel that the Opposition
have no faith in his (Joshi`s) impartiality?" asked party
spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed here
His comments came after the all-party luncheon meeting
convened by leader of Lok Sabha Pranab Mukherjee failed to
break the impasse on the issue with the Opposition sticking to
its demand for JPC into the matter and the Government ruling
it out.

"PAC will see into whatever has been said. After all,
a procedure is required for anything to happen. Congress has
a clear opinion that whenever CAG gives a report, it is sent
to PAC, which is constitutional proceedure," he said.

Ahmed that neither the Congress nor the government is
in favour of JPC.

Asked how Parliament would run with both the
opposition and the government sticking to their guns on JPC
issue, Ahmed said that the responsibility for smooth running
of Parliaments rests not only with the government but also
with the opposition.

PTI

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