Undemocratic for NDA to ask PAC to go slow on 2G: Bansal

Terming as "undemocratic" the reported remarks of NDA leaders, the government Wednesday said the continuing logjam has raised question mark on the relevance of Parliament.

Last Updated: Dec 08, 2010, 16:00 PM IST

New Delhi: Terming as "undemocratic" the
reported remarks of NDA leaders that the Public Accounts
Committee (PAC) should go slow on the issue of 2G spectrum
allocation, the government Wednesday said the continuing logjam
has raised question mark on the relevance of Parliament.

"It is unfortunate that at an NDA meeting yesterday,
senior leaders said PAC should not work. Since it has already
started its job, it is undemocratic to ask it not to work...it
is a breach of privilege of the House and the PAC,"
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal told
reporters here.

He said PAC and the Estimates Committee were well
established institutions of Parliament where members cutting
across party lines discuss important issues.

"The law of diminishing returns has set in motion... the
Opposition, especially the BJP, is responsible as in 19
sittings of Parliament, no business could be transacted. It
has raised question marks on the relevance of Parliament," he
said.

Parliament was today adjourned for the 19th straight day
following opposition demand for a JPC probe into alleged
irregularities in the 2G spectrum allocation.

Bansal said the government had agreed for a JPC probe into
the Bofors scam within two days of the opposition parties
making the demand.

"On the stock exchange scam, we had agreed for a JPC on
the same day....but the JPC probe on Bofors is being used only
for political purposes now," he claimed.

Asked to comment on Bansal`s statement that NDA leaders
have asked the PAC to go slow on 2-G issue, PAC chairman and
veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi refused to comment.

PTI