New Delhi: Congress spokesperson Manish
Tewari, who recused himself from Parliament`s Standing Committee going into Lokpal issue, could continue as a member of the panel with the party Thursday saying it is yet to decide
on the matter.
"Manish Tewari has expressed his views but the party has
taken no such decision. The members of Standing Committees are
appointed by Lok Sabha Speaker and Chairman of Rajya Sabha on
the recommendations of political parties," AICC general
secretary Janardan Dwivedi told reporters.
His comments came in reply to questions about Tewari`s
announcement yesterday that he recuses himself from the
Committee as he did want to cast a shadow on the deliberations
of Lokpal Bill.
Commenting on Tewari`s offer to recuse, a senior
Congress leader, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said
that while Tewari may have expressed his sentiments, the party
does not agree to his decision to opt out of the panel.
Sources in the party said Tewari, a senior lawyer, will
be asked to continue in the Committee, which is to be
reconstituted in the next few days as its term came to an end
on August 31. The leader termed Tewari`s decision to recuse
himself from the Committee as "unnecessary" saying he should
have waited for the party to take a decision on it.
"He should not have taken this step and faced things
boldly. There was no need for him to recuse himself from the
committee and he should have talked to party leadership before
taking any such step," he said.
The deliberations over the Lokpal issue in the Standing
Committee headed by Abhishek Singhvi, are expected to be quite
stormy with serious disagreements between Government and Civil
society members on many provisions of Jan Lokpal bill. Hence
Congress would like to see its legal brains there.