PAC probe has `exposed` BJP`s argument for JPC

With JPC versus PAC controversy deepening, Congress on Tuesday alleged that the "duplicity" and "opportunism" of BJP in demanding JPC had been exposed by the way the PAC led by MM Joshi had taken up the 2G probe.

Last Updated: Apr 05, 2011, 23:12 PM IST

New Delhi: With JPC versus PAC controversy
deepening, Congress on Tuesday alleged that the "duplicity" and
"opportunism" of BJP in demanding JPC had been exposed by the
way the PAC led by MM Joshi had taken up the 2G probe.

"The manner in which PAC Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi
is functioning proves the opportunism of BJP whose demand for
JPC was based on the premise that PAC cannot look into policy
issues. The way the PAC is now looking into these things, the
opposition party should introspect," party spokesperson Manish
Tewari told reporters.

He said that it becomes incumbent on the BJP to
"ensure that Joshi as PAC chairman sticks to his mandate."
Tewari said that the BJP should "otherwise apologise to the
nation for holding the Parliament to ransom" over JPC demand.

Tewari also rejected Joshi`s contention that PAC was
a constitutional body.

"PAC Chairman has been erroneously propagating that
the PAC has a constitutional stature. It is absolutely
incorrect. The Constitution does not mention any such
committee.... PAC is but yet another Parliamentary committee,"
Tewari said.

He said that the PAC Chairman Joshi by pursuing his
course of investigation into the 2G issue "is exposing
complete duplicity of BJP."

Chairman of Public Accounts Committee Murli Manohar
Joshi had a few days back in Shimla said that while the Joint
Parliamentary Committee was supposed to work under specific
terms of reference and conditions and did not have the right
to summon the Prime Minister or any minister, PAC was a
constitutional body.

PTI

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