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BJP, Joshi speak in 2 voices over JPC probe

Dec 28, 2010 08:02 PM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) has made is clear that nothing less than a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on 2G spectrum allocation scam will satisfy it. The party has also rejected Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's offer to appear before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) headed by one of its senior leader Murli Manohar Joshi.

There is however unease on the BJP senior leader Joshi's stand so far on the JPC investigation issue.

The gloves are off in the battle over who should investigate the 2G scam while the BJP is going to the streets accusing the Government of shying away from a JPC probe. The party's own leader Murli Manohar Joshi claimed that the PAC is as strong as the JPC.

"PAC is not just about numbers crunching. We can call other agencies too to get to the bottom of 2G mess, " said Joshi.

"PAC Chairman is doing what he is supposed to do. But we stick to our demand of JPC," said BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy.

Even leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj is unwilling to accept Joshi's optimism on PAC.

"Under the Lok Sabha rules, PAC cannot call a Minister, much less the Prime Minister. Prime Minister's offer therefore, has no meaning. The scope of PAC is totally different from that of JPC. While PAC deals with accounts, JPC deals with accountability and governance," Sushma tweeted on Tuesday.

Murli Manohar Joshi is an old lone ranger within the BJP and is known to strike a discordant not within the BJP.

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