`No disagreement between FM, PM on offer to appear before PAC`
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 04, 2011, 00:10
  
New Delhi: Congress on Monday downplayed reports of disagreement between the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister over Manmohan Singh's offer to appear before the PAC looking into the 2G Spectrum issue saying Pranab Mukherjee was only underlining the legal position.

"The Finance Minister has himself clarified his statement. ...Mukherjee was only underlining the legal position that it was not binding on the Prime Minister to appear before the PAC.

"In fact he was explaining and underlining what Prime Minister himself has conveyed...Prime Minister's statement was also the same that there was no legal binding on him," party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi told reporters at the AICC briefing.

He said there was no legal binding on the Prime Minister to appear before PAC. He had voluntarily made this offer on moral grounds as he was wanted Opposition's cooperation.

Singhvi's remarks came in response to a volley of questions a day after Mukherjee yesterday caused a flutter in political circles by openly disagreeing with Singh's offer to appear before the PAC saying the decision had been taken "without consulting us".

The Finance Minister, who is also Leader of the Lok Sabha, said the Prime Minister was accountable to the Lok Sabha and "not to any committee".

"The Prime Minister's offer to appear before the PAC was a decision taken by him without consulting us. If he had discussed it with me I would have advised him not to offer to appear before the PAC," Mukherjee had told a special meeting of the West Bengal PCC in Kolkata.

"Constitutionally, the Prime Minister is accountable to the Lok Sabha and not to any committee," Mukherjee said on Singh's letter to PAC chairman Murli Manohar Joshi on December 27 offering to appear before the panel.

As news channels ran reports on his comments, Mukherjee in the evening sought to clarify the position, denying any difference with the Prime Minister.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, January 04, 2011, 00:10


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