BJP to take a call on ending JPC boycott
New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) plans to end its long stretched boycott of Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) meetings and reports suggest that its leaders could attend the 2G scam probe on November 08. They are once again likely to press their demand of having Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidamabaram as witnesses.
BJP representatives - Yashwant Sinha, Jaswant Singh, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Dharmendra Prasad - have abstained from attending JPC meetings in the past to protest against JPC chairperson PC Chacko's 'partisan' behaviour over witnesses in the matter.
Chacko, they say, has been stonewalling their demand. He hasn't discussed a list of witnesses with the committee yet, and Times of India in a report suggested that BJP leaders were likely to take a call in this regard after his response.
BJP's interests and image have take a beating in the matter because by abstaining from the meetings it is also missing out on questioning key witnesses. The report added that the BJP could've hurt its case by not questioning RBI Governor D Subbarao (finance secretary in UPA I) and former cabinet secretary KM Chandrasekhar.