Yashwant Sinha, senior BJP leader and one of the members of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the 2G spectrum scam, has written to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, protesting against the deletion and alteration of several portions of the dissent note submitted by members of his party.
He accused JPC Chairman P.C. Chacko of blatant violations of rules and norms while preparing the final report, which the JPC adopted. He asked the Speaker to reject it.
The six BJP members of the committee, including Mr. Sinha, had given a dissent note on the report. They had also submitted a letter to the Speaker, explaining why the report was a “farce.” The Left parties had given a separate dissent note.
The BJP released its dissent note, arguing that it feared the document would be altered. The party wanted all the points it had raised at the JPC deliberations put in public domain.
In his letter, Mr. Sinha said: “My request to you, therefore, is to reject the report even at this late stage in order to ensure that no permanent damage is done to the institution of the JPC, Parliament itself and the parliamentary system of democracy in our country.”
In the October 9 letter, Jaswant Singh, Gopinath Munde, Harin Pathak, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Dharmendra Pradhan and Mr. Sinha termed the JPC meeting held on September 27 a “farce.” “We apprehended that the Chairman might edit and mutilate our Note of Dissent,” Mr. Sinha said. On October 25, he got a letter from the JPC Secretariat, informing him that the Opposition’s dissent note was deleted.
He said there was nothing in the dissent note that could be termed “unparliamentary, irrelevant or inappropriate.” “The Chairman, therefore, had no right to expunge the portions of our dissent note which he has expunged.”