New Delhi: Under attack from opposition parties, JPC Chairman PC Chacko on Friday said he will consult Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar before finalising the date of the panel meeting to adopt the controversial report. (JPN/Agencies)
"I can announce the next date of the meeting today itself. But since reasonable or otherwise, some members have approached the Speaker against it, I thought it would be better that I consult her before deciding on the date," Chacko said.
He refused to comment on the representation made by 15 opposition members to the Speaker expressing "no confidence" against him and seeking his removal. He also did not react to a similar representation made by Congress members seeking removal of BJP members in JPC Yashwant Sinha, Jaswant Singh and Ravi Shankar Prasad citing conflict of interest.
"The two matters are before the Speaker, therefore, it would not be appropriate for me to comment on it," Chacko said.
Cong misusing Parliamentary institutions: BJP
Referring to Congress demand that the BJP members be removed from the 2G JPC, senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said the ruling party can get the entire Opposition removed from Parliament as they did during the Emergency.
Congress has tried to defame former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the 2G issue though his government has been hailed by one and all, Naidu said. "This JPC is being misused by the Congress to white-wash the entire telecom scam. The (JPC) Chairman is acting partisan. Why he has refused to summon Prime Minister, Finance Minister... refused to hear (former Telecom Minister A) Raja, particularly when he wrote a letter, expressing a desire to come and depose before the committee? Congress alone should explain," Naidu said.
"Now, 15 members of the JPC have expressed lack of confidence in the present Chairman. Then, how can the committee function? He has no right to continue as Chairman. It all shows the way the Congress is trying to devalue the Parliamentary institutions," he said.
He added that the Congress has misused agencies like CBI, IB and Enforcement Directorate for ‘harassing political opponents, controlling allies and winning over neutrals’. Maintaining that the UPA's allies have started leaving the ruling coalition one after another, he claimed that it was reduced to minority and lost moral right to continue in power. He said BJP demands that the Prime Minister resign and Law Minister Ashwani Kumar, who allegedly tried to "vet" the CBI report on coal allocation scam, be sacked.
New Delhi: Under attack from opposition parties, JPC Chairman PC Chacko on Friday said he will consult Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar before finalising the date of the panel meeting to adopt the controversial report.