Joshi keeps PAC report alive with SP and BSP help

NEW DELHI: There will no closure on the controversial Public Accounts Committee report on the 2G telecom scam with panel chair M M Joshi, aided by Bahujan Samaj Party and Samajwadi Party rejoining Opposition ranks, thwarting a bid by Congress members to dump the report indicting the government for failing to prevent the scam.

Joshi’s bid to reopen discussion on the report indicting top government figures sent back to the committee by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on the ground that the panel failed to formally adopt it was strongly contested by Congress members who said a Joint Parliamentary Committee was now examining telecom issues.

Congress MPs K S Rao, Jayanthi Natarajan, Jagadambika Pal, K Sudhakaran and Saifuddin Soz argued the report pertained to proceedings of the previous PAC that has been reconstituted while JPC is looking into licensing and spectrum issues. They said the draft report must remain just that.

But Joshi managed to keep the report “alive” with the help of Opposition members on the panel who said the Speaker had not issued any directions other than noting that the committee did not adopt it. BJD’s Bhartuhari Mahtab pointed out that there was no provision for the PAC to “reject” a report by a vote.

Interestingly, unlike the previous committee’s noisy April 28 meeting, BSP MP S C Mishra supported the Opposition view that the report be circulated afresh and amendments considered to ensure its unanimous adoption. Samajwadi Party’s Reoti Raman Singh, who along with BSP had bailed out the ruling party, kept quiet.

Bolstered by the addition to his ranks, Joshi said he would consult constitutional experts and get back to the committee, a clear indication that he is not giving up on trying to ensure the report is presented to Parliament even if it means diluting some of the sharp indictment of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and home minister P Chidambaram in his previous capacity as finance minister.

While Mishra clearly did not support Congress’s attempt to treat the 2G report as a closed chapter, Reoti Raman Singh did not express any view and later told the media that he reached late as his train had been delayed.

The BSP and SP turnaround seems linked to the approach of the Uttar Pradesh elections that make it difficult for the regional outfits to aid the Congress as the parties are locked in a serious political battle in the state. This evens the odds in favour of the Opposition despite the presence of 11 ruling coalition MPs in the 22-member committee.

The absence of any provision to reject the report in the committee rules has strengthened Joshi’s hand as he can argue that the panel is bound to adopt its findings and in the meanwhile keep the sword dangling above the ruling party.

Calling for a second look at the report, Opposition MPs expressed concern that a majority-minority argument militates against the consensual approach expected to guide the functioning of parliamentary panels. Congress MPs, however, pointed to Joshi’s comments accompanying the draft report complaining about their disruptive behaviour to argue that this did not indicate such thinking.

The view that decisions are to be settled by a vote did not convince all members, with some Congress MPs like Nirupam and Sandeep Dikshit also reportedly asking about precedents and wondering about the implications of the committee not acting by consensus.

As the report was not adopted by the committee, it lacked a formal endorsement by the Lok Sabha secretariat when it was sent to the Speaker accompanied by a covering letter from Joshi. This led the Speaker to return it to the committee as unfinished business that could not be tabled in Parliament despite the report being prepared by the secretariat and circulated to members.

The argument whether the committee, which has several new members, can consider the report afresh can be seen from both the Congress and Joshi points of view. But Joshi’s decision to consult experts means his sparring with Congress is far from over.

About janamejayan

A Viraat Hindu dedicated to spread the message of Paramacharya of Kanchi
This entry was posted in Anti-national Congress Party, corruption India, Crimes India. Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to Joshi keeps PAC report alive with SP and BSP help

  1. balayogi says:


    There is an interesting posting on Kapil Sibal from another group. The
    contents are as under:

    “Sibal was a lawyer in New York when his wife was posted as a diplomat in
    New York. How did he get green card to get admission in New York state bar
    is a mystery. It needs to be investigated like Queen Baton Relay
    investigation against Suresh Kalmadi. If you dig out his bar admission
    application and follow the trail how he got green card, I have a strong
    feeling like Suresh Kalmadi and A Raja, he will join them too. When a person
    applies for green card, he has to sign application under oath stating he
    intends to abandon his foreign residence (in his case it is India)
    permanently and he intends to accept U.S. as his new permanent home. How can
    a person be made Union Cabinet minister who had expressed his intent to
    abandon India permanently. He is on a sensitive position with access to
    India’s vital interests when in the past he had expressed intent to abandon
    India for ever. It needs to be investigated. TOI may not publish my comments
    because this newspaper is protecting congress.”


    Thanking you,

    Yours sincerely
    mohan iyer
    Date: Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 6:25 PM
    Subject: [hc] KAPIL SIBAL

  2. S Balasundar says:

    The Emergency and excesses in 1975-77 reported and submitted to the President iof India by Justice J C Shah was a part of history.The nation was witness to such gory happenings. Yet, the
    dictator turned Indira Gandhi during her come back,in 1980 did the ultimate. She banned the volumes and ordered withdrawl of the Print Reports published. This is what the precedent set !. The Expose and the scams of 2G dealings headed by A Raja is under SC scanner and very much a rude set back for the ruilig clique. The PAC studied and recorded the sayings of witnesses. Why cannot the same be put on report and Parliament discuss it. Why do Congress members find wrong with the Chairman’s findings? What matters is that national shame and loss to exchequer . It has resulted because of calluousness and failure of the PMs supervision and lack of control or due to bad and false administration. Corrruption knew no bounds.Whether Jayanti or Sonia ,it is now a dark spot for UPA. PAC or CAG should not be blamed for it!!

  3. vaidyanathan k iyer says:

    Jayanthi, PC, Sibal, Mukherjee, singvi, DS, Moily are all the saturns for this nation under Hindu religion. They loot themselves and allow the big looter to loot upto the brim

  4. vaidyanathan k iyer says:

    Jayanthi, PC, Sibal, Mukherjee, singvi, DS, Moily are all the saturns for this nation under Hindu religion. They loot themselves and allow the big looter to loot upto the brim. Mr Joshi do not belive BSP and SP as they are vulnerable to turnaround once the cong shows the face of its stooges CBI, IT and ED to it over which the above are shuddered for the sin they did

  5. nagar says:

    SP & BSP are being blackmailed using CBI by the “Corrupt Congis”
    It is higly “implausible” that these 2 corrupt groups{SP&BSP} will help in releasing a genuine report. Joshi has alleged that CHIDAMBARAM & SIBBAL have played another MONEYBAG episode by enticing the SP & BSP members to create a ruckus in the PAC meetings.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s