BJP ends JPC boycott, but says call PM, PC
JPC chairman P C Chacko has repeatedly ruled out the possibility of summoning the Prime Minister. However, he has deferred a clear decision on the issue of calling Chidambaram. Left members have taken the same stand as the BJP vis-a-vis Chidambaram, but as far as the Prime Minister is concerned, there is no insistence by them that the committee call him too.
Chacko, sources said, may address the Chidambaram issue at a later date, once the committee is done with the listed witnesses. They include Attorney General Goolam E Vahanvati. Even the move for calling Vahanvati had met with stiff resistance from Congress’s Manish Tewari in the past.
Tewari has ceased being a member of the committee following his induction in to the Manmohan Singh Cabinet. The Congress, which is supposed to have a total of 11 people in the 30-member body, is currently three short following the induction of Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Shashi Tharoor, apart from Tewari.
BJP members Yashwant Sinha and Ravi Shankar Prasad argued that the PM as well as the Finance Minister needed being examined in the light of the testimony of former Cabinet secretary K M Chandrasekhar that he
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