Govt hits at Oppn for flaying PM`s offer to appear before PAC

Government on Tuesday hit back at the opposition dismissing as "total contempt and disrespect for Parliament", its criticism of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s offer to face the PAC going into the 2G spectrum scam.

Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010, 22:16 PM IST

New Delhi: Government on Tuesday hit back at the
opposition dismissing as "total contempt and disrespect for
Parliament", its criticism of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s
offer to face the PAC going into the 2G spectrum scam.

"After Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he was ready to
face the PAC, what Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha
Arun Jaitley said is in total contempt and disrespect for
Parliament and of PAC," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan
Kumar Bansal told PTI.
He said the PAC can look into any paragraph of the CAG
report and also the entire report if necessary. "It can also
make suo motu inquiry into any matter. Its scope is not
limited but much wider," he said.

Accusing BJP of shifting its stand, he said initially it
said the party wanted the resignation of former Telecom
Minister A Raja. "But after he resigned, they demanded JPC.
But the PM has stumped them," he said.

"They now want to look into the issue of cabinet
formation as they claim PAC cannot look into the subject...
This aspect cannot be looked by the JPC also," he said.

Accusing the BJP of having a "limited interest to
further their political agenda", Bansal claimed that party was
not interested in finding the truth.

"They only want to keep the issue alive. It is
unfortunate that they did not participate in parliamentary
debate as according to them the matter can be talked out," he
said.

Referring to senior BJP leader L K Advani`s statement
that stalling of Parliament was legitimate as it resulted in
the resignation of Raja, he said if that was the case, then
"why did they not allow the House to function after 15
December (after Raja had resigned)."

Jaitley had yesterday said that breaking of silence by
the Prime Minister on the 2G spectrum scam was welcome but he
cannot choose the forum of his "inquiry".
"The Prime Minister said that I have nothing to hide and
Caesar`s wife should be above suspicion. Caesar`s wife never
chose the forum of her own inquiry but he has chosen the
forum also by saying that he was ready to appear before the
PAC," Jaitley had contended.

PTI