BJP calls JPC meet on 2G Scam a kangaroo court, walks out

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    BJP calls JPC meet on 2G spectrum allocation a kangaroo court, walks out


    New Delhi: All the six Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members on Wednesday walked out of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) meeting on 2G spectrum allocation. The BJP members want Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister P Chidambaram to be called by the JPC to depose in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation.

    The party has threatened that if the Prime Minister, Finance Minister, Pulok Chatterjee (Principal Secretary to Prime Minister's Office) and TKA Nair (Advisor to the Prime Minister) are not called to depose before the JPC, then its MPs would withdraw from the panel altogether.

    BJP MPs Jaswant Singh, Yashwant Sinha, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Dharmendra Pradhan and Gopinath Munde walked out after calling the JPC a kangaroo court.

    Yashwant Sinha and Ravi Shankar Prasad accused the Congress of creating a hostile environment during the meeting. "We had to walkout of the JPC meeting after the unparliamentary behaviour of Congress members in the meeting. Foul language was used against us. We had only asked that the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister should be called to the JPC," said Yashwant Sinha.

    "It was amazing to see the behaviour of first time MPs of Congress using such language against us. A hostile atmosphere was created so we had no option but to walk out," said Ravi Shankar Prasad.

    However, The move is seen as a pressure tactics by the BJP, which can claim that the JPC does not represent Parliament as its members are not a part of the panel. The party's strategy is to keep up the pressure on Manmohan Singh on not only 2G but also on the coal blocks allocation report, and paralyse the government

    According to the Comptroller and Auditor General the 2G spectrum allocation caused a presumptive loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the state exchequer.

    Former telecom minister and DMK MP A Raja is accused in the 2G case and is currently out on bail after spending more than a year in Delhi's Tihar Jail. The alleged spectrum allocation scam has been probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
     
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    2G scam: BJP walks out of JPC meet

    New Delhi: Five BJP members today walked out of a meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) that is examining the 2G telecom scam, alleging that Congress members had used "unparliamentary" language and called the panel a "kangaroo court."

    Sources had earlier said that the BJP is contemplating quitting the JPC over its demand that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram depose before the panel, since it's a body where ministers can be summoned. The BJP's Yashwant Sinha said the moment his party raised this demand at the meeting, "junior members of the Congress used foul language and targeted us. We were left with no choice but to walk out."

    His colleague Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Congress had provoked the walk-out with its utterances; the BJP also accused the chairman of the panel, the Congress' PC Chacko, of being a mute spectator to the Congress calling the committee a "kangaroo court."

    The Congress said the BJP walkout was "premeditated and pre-orchestrated." Party spokesperson Manish Tiwari, who is also a member of the JPC, said there was a discussion on who should be summoned before the panel and who should not be and slammed the BJP for walking out. "Valid and cogent reasons must be put forth... The political party (BJP) wants to further its political agenda... If at all there are insinuations that I used any word which was unparliamentary, I reject it. I leave it to the discretion of the chairman JPC to expunge these remarks."

    Sources say the meeting heated up after an argument between Mr Tiwari and Left member Gurudas Dasgupta. Mr Dasgupta said his "parliamentary decency" did not allow him to recount what had happened at the meeting. But he described today's events as "unfortunate."

    The JPC chairman P C Chacko however denied that any unparliamentary or foul words were used and the BJP, unprovoked, walked out without explaining the reasons.

    The BJP is demanding that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram depose before the panel. The 2G scam dates back to 2008 when the then Telecom Minister A Raja allegedly gave away telecom licences at throwaway prices. The BJP says Mr Chidambaram, as Finance Minister at the time, was aware of the blatant manipulation of guidelines by Mr Raja, and failed to interfere. Mr Chidambaram has denied the charges.

    The Congress is resisting the move to summon the PM and Mr Chidambaram; it also says that if its top functionaries are made to depose, then so must those who were senior functionaries in the BJP-led NDA regime. The then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is ailing and cannot depose; Jaswant Singh and Yashwant Sinha, BJP leaders who were Finance Ministers in the NDA regime, are both members of the JPC.

    The JPC is mandated to examine policy prescriptions of successive governments in the allocation and pricing of telecom licenses and spectrum from 1998 to 2009 and to make recommendations to ensure formulation of appropriate procedures in the allocation and pricing of telecom licenses.

    The committee has 30 MPs - 20 from the Lok Sabha and 10 from the Rajya Sabha - from different parties. The Congress has 11 members in the committee. The BJP has six - Yashwant Sinha, Jaswant Singh, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Gopinath Munde, Harin Pathak and Dharmendra Pradhan. Mr Pathak was not present today.

    It now seems unlikely that they BJP members would return to the JPC.

    Earlier in the day, the BJP stalled Parliament demanding the Prime Minister's resignation over the government auditor's recent report on coal block allocations. Sources say the party plans to continue disruptions till the end of this week over the controversy that's being called Coal-gate, spawned by the conclusion of the Comptroller and Auditor General or CAG that the government enabled R
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    1.86 lakh crores as "windfall gains" to private firms by giving them coal fields at a fraction of their market value.
     
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    This was inevitable. Coalgate,cwg,2g all are going to be erased as media will shamelessly defend them in near future.
     
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    Perhaps Kejariwal is right when he says that Congress and Bjp both have collusion and they dont want certain disputes to be solved out. But as people say 'majboori ka naam...' BJP is bound. I'll still support BJP as at least it is not selling the nation for Muslim vote bank. You can live if you dont have money but what if terrorists and extremists take your life.
     
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    Ever since MM Joshi's term as head of the JPC was over and was replaced by PC Chacko, a Congress MP, the confrontation was brewing. Congress and DMK have been doing their best to scuttle the probe and issue a very watered down report on the CAG while the BJP had the opposite intentions.

    Both Manish Tiwari and Hooda were drafted into the JPC for precisely this very reason. The whole JPC has become a joke and BJP got caught in the trap and are now trying to act the martyr to get on top of the situation.
     
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    The stonewalling by the Congress led by the JPC Chairperson Mr.Chacko continues, making the whole JPC a big joke.

    Today fed up with the stonewalling tactics of the Congress, even the left party members walked out echoing the BJP demand of calling the PM and the FM to be questioned by the JPC. Even the SP and BSP have been demanding this and this has led the Congress to be pretty isolated in the JPC. Even the DMK would like the FM to be called so that some portion of the blame could be transfered off their backs.

    First BJP boycott, and then Left walk out of JPC meet on 2G scam | Firstpost

    This is the way probes in our country are scuttled by the ruling party. No wonder the principal opposition party was in no mood to debate the issue in Parliament on the Coal scam issue.
     
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    The KhangreAss have gone beyond tolerance. It is time the people take things in their own hand and protest like the pre-Independence protests against the British.
    Die Congress, die.
     
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    Left and BJP are the only parties in India that have some ideology and moral standing left, one might or not agree with the ideology though. All other parties are without exception family owned mafias or caste/faith/regional groups.

    Even during passing the Nuclear Bill, the liability clause was introduced by these 2 parties.
     
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    You are being far too kind to BJP and Left
     
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    Well, in principle I am sympathetic to Maoists also... :)
     
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    ^^ don't you find it to be hypocritical / a dichotomy / living in denial ? and further do you not value rationality and objectivity ?
     
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    Surely you don't mean to say the Congress is a paragon of those qualities do you?

    Furthermore, if boycotting something peacefully for the sake of purpose and ideology is considered a hypocrisy, then MK Gandhi, the spearhead of boycotts was the greatest hypocrite, according to your line of reasoning.

    But yes, if you're talking specifically of being sympathetic to both bjp, left and maoists, then yes it's a dichotomy. Agree with you.
     
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    I do not agree with commie or maoist ideology and will never ever vote for any communist, just mentioned that these political parties have a) an ideology and b) a political organisation. Also that many of the Maoists are driven to extremism due to poverty or injustice, sympathy for that.
     
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    Scared of facing truth

    13 OCT, 2012

    Congress doesn’t want JPC to unravel 2G scam

    It is now clear to even the most blinkered mind that the Congress does not want the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the 2G Spectrum allocation to impartially probe the massive fraud that has been perpetrated in the reign of the current coalition Government led by the party.....

    full story: Scared of facing truth
     

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