PAC Chairman`s theory queer: PK Bansal

Last Updated: Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 22:05

New Delhi: Government on Sunday rejected as "queer
theory" PAC Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi`s claims that
majority does not count in finalising reports of a
Parliamentary committee.

"Decision by voting is inherent to democratic functioning
of institutions," Parliamentary Affairs Minister PK Bansal
said in a statement here.

Bansal accused the BJP of stifling the views of the
majority in their "endeavour to malign and vilify the UPA
Government on unsubstantiated personal views."

The government`s attack on Joshi came on a day he was
re-appointed Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, which
went into the 2G spectrum allocation.

His statement was in the wake of Joshi terming as
unconstitutional the `rejection` of the draft report of the
PAC contending that numbers were not important and he does not
have to go by majority.

"Going by Joshi`s queer theory, the entire democratic
system would crumble with a minority in Parliament insisting
on treating their views as the decision of the Parliament,"
Bansal said.

The minister cited rules of Parliamentary procedure which
state that all questions at any sitting of a committee shall
be determined by a majority of votes of members present and
voting.

Rule 261 of the Rules of Procedures and Conduct of
Business in Lok Sabha states: "All questions at any sitting of
a committee shall be determined by a majority of votes of the
members present and voting."

Rule 262 states, "In case of an equality of votes on any
matter, the Chairman or the person acting as such, shall have
a second or casting vote."

Bansal said, "In his anxiety to hurriedly get the PAC
stamp of approval on his draft report, prepared by ignoring or
twisting facts, Joshi has chosen to mislead the public by his
aforesaid assertions."

He criticised Joshi for addressing press conferences after
every PAC meeting saying it violated the rules of
procedure.

"The fond indulgence with which Joshi shared the graphic
details of each sitting with the media has shattered the
spirit of Rule 266 which mandates that `the sittings of a
Committee shall be held in private`," he said.

Bansal said Joshi`s actions had brought "grave disrepute"
to the august chair of the PAC.

"This breach of established norms continued till the end
with the author of the draft report choosing to present it to
the media first, and only later to the members of the
Committee," he said.

"It is time that instead of continuing to insist on
terming the product of predetermined thought and political
agenda as the report of the PAC, Joshi and BJP leadership
undertake some honest self-introspection and make amends for
inflicting a lacerating wound on Indian Democracy," Bansal
said.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 22:05

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