The BJP is working on a strategy to muster majority support on the 30-member Joint Parliamentary Committee probing the 2G scam to ensure the rejection of the draft report prepared by chairman P.C. Chacko.
After the exit of the Trinamool Congress and the DMK from the UPA, the BJP believes that in the JPC odds are stacked against the government.
“We are not sure of the approach of the SP and the BSP towards the draft report. Thanks to the CBI, the Congress has been manipulating vulnerable parties to bail itself out even on issues on which they disagree. Let us see what happens at the JPC meeting on April 25,” a BJP leader said.
There has been no precedent of the draft report being put to vote in the previous four JPCs.
The practice so far has been that the chairman, with the help of the secretariat, prepares a draft report for the consideration of members. Members who differ with the contents give their dissent notes and they would be tagged to the report that would be submitted to Parliament.
The BJP and other parties have denounced the report prepared by Mr. Chacko as a sham. But they have not said they will ask the chairman to put the report to vote.An informal meeting of the JPC members opposed to the report is expected where the strategy would be worked out.
Separately, the BJP has given a notice for moving a breach of privilege motion in both Houses of Parliament for the leakage of the report.
In the Lok Sabha, Yashwant Sinha (BJP) has given a notice seeking a breach of privilege motion against Mr. Chacko. In the Rajya Sabha, Ravi Shankar Prasad has submitted a notice.