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Congress keeps up attack on BJP over PAC vs JPC issue

Congress kept up its attack on BJP over PAC versus JPC controversy, saying the panel headed by MM Joshi should defer to JPC as his party has contended that it does not have the "policy remit" in the 2G spectrum probe.



New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday kept up its
attack on the BJP over the PAC versus JPC controversy, saying
the panel headed by opposition leader M M Joshi should defer
to JPC as his party has contended that it does not have the
"policy remit" in the 2G spectrum probe.

After the PAC took "serious note" of his comments that
the BJP should ask Joshi to stick to PAC`s mandate, party
spokesperson Manish Tewari today said, "I respect Murli
Manohar Joshi personally. It`s not an issue concerning PAC
rather it is linked with BJP`s opportunistic politics."
Joshi, who heads the PAC and whose actions in the 2G
probe have been strongly opposed by the JPC Chairman P C
Chacko, plans to write to Tewari, who is also a member of the
Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) set up to go into the 2G
scam.

Tewari today said, "If BJP is correct that the the PAC
does not have a policy remit, then the PAC needs to defer to
the JPC, which obviously has a wider and focused mandate on
telecom issues.

"If PAC or Joshi is correct then BJP should apologise
to the nation for washing out the entire winter session of
Parliament seeking JPC on the premise that PAC cannot go into
policy issues," the Congress MP said.
He had yesterday alleged that the "duplicity" and
"opportunism" of BJP in demanding JPC had been exposed by the
way the PAC had taken up the 2G probe.

After a meeting of Public Accounts Committee
yesterday, Joshi had said, "a Congress leader Manish Tewari
has said that the BJP should rein in Dr Joshi. The PAC has
taken serious note of Tewari`s comments.

"We have to confirm the veracity of the comments. The
Committee has authorised me to take appropriate steps," he
said.

Sticking to his guns, the Congress spokesperson said,
"It is not rocket science to infer that two benches of the
same court cannot hear the same case. So in the light of what
has been expressed, it is for the BJP to take a call on it."

PTI

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