New Delhi: Amid raging demands for removal of JPC chairperson PC Chacko, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath on Thursday exuded confidence that the members would exercise their ‘correct judgement’ on 2G report irrespective of their party affiliation. (JPN/Agencies)
"I am confident that the members will exercise their correct judgement irrespective of their party affiliation," Nath said. When asked whether the members of the SP and the BSP of the probe panel would support the report prepared by Chacko, the Minister said, "Well...we will see that in the meeting."
On BJP leader Yashwant Sinha's recent letter to the Prime Minister in which he asked Singh to appear before the panel saying his silence will "confirm" his involvement in the 2G scam, Nath said, "Mr Yashwant Sinha can say anything and everything."
Non-Congress members of the panel are annoyed at giving clean chit to the Prime Minister and Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the 2G report.
Fifteen non-Congress members of the parliamentary panel from BJP, JD-U, Trinamool Congress, the Left, AIADMK, DMK and BJD on Thursday met Speaker Meira Kumar demanding Chacko's removal as the JPC Chairman. The JPC comprises of a total of 30 members.
BJP trashes JPC’s 2G report
The BJP has said that the draft report of the parliamentary panel was "based on lies" and should be completely rejected. "We demand total rejection of the report which is based on lies and is full of contradictions. We cannot accept it," BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said.
“Instead of blaming the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, the report raises its finger at the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, which brought the telecom revolution,” Sinha added.
A JPC meet to finalize its 2G report was slated for Thursday afternoon which has been postponed now. According to the draft JPC report, which was recently leaked in the media, the losses to the public exchequer were caused on account of faulty allocation of spectrum and licences to the private firms by former telecom minister A Raja, clearing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram.
The JPC is divided over the culpability of Raja, whose note submitted to the panel states that everything he did was known to the Prime Minister. In 2011, an entire Winter Session of the Parliament was washed out as the BJP did not allow proceedings in the both Houses demanding a JPC probe in this matter.
New Delhi: Amid raging demands for removal of JPC chairperson PC Chacko, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath on Thursday exuded confidence that the members would exercise their ‘correct judgement’ on 2G report irrespective of their party affiliation.