BJP members walk out of JPC meet

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Aug 23 2012, 05:49am hrs
The meeting of Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on the 2G scam on Wednesday turned stormy with BJP members walking out over the issue of calling Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram and threatened to quit from it.

BJP members Jaswant Singh, Yashwant Sinha, Dharmendra Pradhan and Ravishankar Prasad walked out of the meeting which was expected to finalise the list of persons who shall depose before the Committee. The BJP leaders insisted that it was necessary to call Singh and Chidambaram for a fair investigation into the 2G spectrum allocation scam of 2008.

We walked out of the meeting after Congress members used foul language when we demanded settling the issue of list of witness which has been pending for eight weeks now. We walked out today, we will take a call on resignation later, Sinha told reporters after the walkout.

We had demanded calling the Prime Minister and Finance Minister P Chidambaram. We were accused by Congress members of turning JPC into a kangaroo court (mock court without any regard for principles of justice), he said.

Prasad said: For a fair investigation, it is necessary that we call the Prime Minister and finance ministers.

The BJP has six members in the 30 member JPC 20 from the Lok Sabha and 10 from the Rajya Sabha representing different parties. The Committee is chaired by P C Chacko, a leader of the Congress party which has 10 other members on the Committee.

The Congress retaliated by saying it was BJP's gameplan to score political brownie points and said it would not allow the Parliamentary Committee to be used as a political theatre by anybody.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari also denied that he had used any foul language saying, If there was any insinuation, any averment that I used any unparliamentary language, I reject it with the vehemence it deserves."

Just because it helps in scoring political brownie points and furthering political agenda and you believe that treating high dignitaries in an ignominious manner is what your remit is, then under no circumstances it can be permitted.