The Chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on 2G scam and Congress MP, PC Chacko, has hit out at the Opposition for asking the Speaker to sack him. Speaking to Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, he charged them with playing a political game by going to the Speaker with their demand rather than asking him for his resignation. Following is an excerpt from the interview:
Karan Thapar: 15 members of the JPC, 50 per cent of your membership have met the Speaker and demanded that you be removed as the Chairman. Can you deny you've lost the confidence of your members?
PC Chacko: I do not think so because it is a political divide and I do not see any other reason other than political reason for them to write the letter.
Karan Thapar: But with 50 per cent of your members demanding that you be removed I put to you that the honourable thing to do is to voluntarily resign?
PC Chacko: If they had demanded me that I resign, I would have considered that. Now they have asked the Speaker to remove me. I have not seen any rules by which anybody can remove the Chairman of a committee.
Karan Thapar: You said a very important thing. If they had come to you and asked you to resign, you would have considered resigning?
PC Chacko: Yes.
Karan Thapar: But because they have gone to the Speaker to remove you, you refuse to resign?
PC Chacko: That is because they are playing a political game, I am hundred per cent sure.