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Soz replacing Joshi not undemocratic: Congress

BJP says replacing Murli Manohar Joshi as PAC chairman with Soifuddin Soz was `undemocratic`.

Ranchi: The Congress on Friday dismissed BJP`s charges that replacing Murli Manohar Joshi as PAC chairman with Soifuddin Soz was `undemocratic`, saying note of dissent was a process in a democratic system.

"What I have come across in the media it is clear that 11 out of 21 members had rejected the report (on 2G) and in a democracy there is a division of vote on note of dissent?”, AICC spokesman Shakeel Ahmed said here.

He was replying to a query as to whether replacing BJP`s Joshi with Congress member Soz as PAC chairman was undemocratic as described by the BJP.

"It`s not proper for me to comment on the internal matter of the committees. But going by media reports it is clear that 11 MPs had rejected the report," he said.

Asked how Soz could become the chairman when PAC has always been led by an Opposition member, he said it was a convention and there was no legal compulsion.

At the PAC meet yesterday, the UPA was supported by BSP and SP with 11 out of 21 members rejecting the committee`s draft report on 2G scam that was critical of the Prime Minister, his office and others.

The ruling coalition MPs (7 Congress, 2 DMK), aided by one member each of SP and BSP, "elected" Soz as chairman who put the resolution for rejection of the report to vote.


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