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M M Joshi appointed new Parliamentary PAC chief

Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi was today appointed Chairman of the Parliamentary Accounts Committee, replacing fellow party man Gopinath Munde.



New Delhi: Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar
Joshi was today appointed Chairman of the Parliamentary
Accounts Committee, replacing fellow party man Gopinath Munde.

Though Joshi has held the post earlier too (1996-97), the
move at present is being seen as an example of equitable
distribution of posts within BJP under the new leadership to
quell dissent.

Asked about his plans as PAC chairperson, Joshi said,
"We will take serious note of the information coming from the
C&AG. We will examine various financial bills coming to the
Parliament. It has been observed that only small amounts come
before Parliament while large amounts are left out."

76-year-old Joshi, party sources said, is among the
unhappy members within the BJP top brass as he feels a person
of his stature and ability should play a `more crucial` role,

This would lead to some changes as Joshi was heading the
Standing Committee on Finance and BJP is likely to appoint
Yashwant Sinha in his place, the sources said.

Outgoing PAC Chairperson Munde, who is also Deputy Leader
of BJP in Lok Sabha, will head one of the Standing
Committees that come under the party`s share.

The PAC Chairperson post was in the news for all the
wrong reasons a few months ago when BJP leader Jaswant Singh,
who was heading it since UPA-II came to power, refused to step
down after his expulsion from the party in August, 2009.

However, he stepped down on his own in December and
Munde took over from January 1, 2010.

Joshi`s tenure as PAC Chairman be till April 30, 2011. He
is expected to assume office tomorrow.

PTI

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