New Delhi: Ending its nearly two-month-old boycott, BJP members attended the meeting of Joint Parliamentary Committee on 2G and said they would continue to press for summoning of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram as witnesses.
BJP members had stormed out of two JPC proceedings accusing its Chairman P C Chacko of behaving in an autocratic manner and charging Congress members with using foul language when they had pressed for summoning the Prime Minister and Finance Minister as witnesses.
They had stayed away from the subsequent two proceedings of the Committee.
As soon as proceedings began, BJP members led by Yashwant Sinha demanded that the PM and Chidambaram be called against the backdrop of the deposition by former Cabinet secretary K M Chandrasekhar.
Chandrasekhar had told the Joint Parliamentary Committee that he had written to the Prime Minister suggesting an increase in the license fee for 2G spectrum so that the government could earn an additional Rs 35,000 Crore.
BJP members claimed after the meeting that JPC chairman P.C. Chacko was open to the suggestion of holding a special meeting to discuss the list of witnesses. Chacko has ruled out calling the Prime Minister and has said there is no consensus in the Committee to call Chidambaram as a witness.
A body of GSM operators is appearing before the JPC to put across the views of the telecom operators before it finalises its report.

It is learnt that some members like DMK's T Siva also demanded that former telecom minister A Raja be called as a witness. There was some heated exchange of words when a Congress member demanded calling former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as a witness.

BJP has six members in the JPC including Yashwant Sinha, Jaswant Singh, Dharmendra Pradhan, Gopinath Munde, Haren Pathak and Ravi Shankar Prasad.


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