New Delhi, Oct 12 (): The BJP and the left parties on Thursday demanded JPC chairman P C Chacko to summon Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh as well as Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the allocation of 2G telecom spectrum due to which the opposition has been staying away from meetings.
“There has been no practice of calling the Prime Minister in front of any parliamentary committee,” stated Chacko while talking to reporters in the capital. ” I shall also follow the existing one rather than forming a new practice,” added the JPC chairman.
Chidambaram has been heading the ministry of finance while the allocation was done by A Raja who was looking after the portfolio of the telecom ministry. The allegation of irregularities in the 2G spectrum led to a theoretical loss of Rs.1.76 lakh crore which according to the BJP is a huge corruption by the ruling government after independence.
The BJP in the recent past has opposed the JPC meeting by making a walkout and even skipped the Thursday meeting by blaming the JPC chairman for showing partial attitude by not calling the prime minister and finance minister before the committee.
Even the Samajwadi Party which made up its mind to extend support to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in its hour of need demanded the JPC chairman to summon the finance minister, said a senior official who did not prefer naming himself.
“It is a waste of time to attend the meeting of the committee until you take an important decision as soon as possible,” said BJP senior leader Yashwant Sinha in his letter addressing the JPC chairman on Monday.
Sinha also mentioned in his letter that his party has no objection completely if the JPC wants previous BJP ministers belonging to the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government to appear in front of the committee. Same way we request the JPC to call the UPA ministers including the prime minister as well as finance minister as witnesses, added Sinha.