With Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar returning the controversial Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report on 2G spectrum allocations to the panel’s chairman Murli Manohar Joshi , the Congress looks determined not to allow the issue to be taken up again in the reconstituted panel. Though the Congress has not reacted formally to the rejection of the report submitted by Joshi, its members on the panel said there was no chance of the issue being taken up again.
“The matter is over. There is a new committee now and it will discuss other issues,” a Congress MP on the panel said. Congress sources said the Speaker had rejected the report on procedural grounds, pointing out that a majority had not adopted the report. With the report being sent back, the committee has a choice to consider the issue again if a majority of members present and voting agree with the move. The Congress is in no mood to relent . The controversial report, submitted by Joshi a day before his previous term as chairman ended on April 30, had scathing remarks on Prime Minister’s Office, Home Minister P Chidambaram and former telecom minister A Raja. The party would obviously not want to revisit the issue and expose itself to more embarrassment .
“In the previous PAC we had offered to Mr Joshi to examine the issue in greater detail as we did not get the time to properly examine all the documents sent to us. But he did not agree. He was in a hurry to submit the report. But now from our end too, the issue is over. We won’t allow the subject to be discussed again,” a member of the previous PAC said. Congress’ confidence over the issue comes from the way the numbers are stacked in the 22-member PAC, which was reconstituted on May 1. In the present PAC, Congress has eight MPs and the BJP has five. Going by the way parties voted in the last PAC for adopting the report, Congress has the support of one DMK, two BSP and one Samajwadi Party members. Economic Times