Senior BJP leader and MP M. Venkaiah Naidu said P.C. Chacko, chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Committee which is probing the 2G spectrum scam, has no right to continue being in the committee in the wake of lack of confidence expressed in him by 15 opposition members.
At a press conference here on Friday, he said the action of 15 of the 30 members of JPC in expressing lack of confidence in the chairman of the panel was “unprecedented” and asked “how could he continue”. He accused the Congress of making a mockery of the parliamentary system and trying to “misuse” JPC to whitewash the telecom scam.
Accusing Mr. Chacko of acting in a partisan manner, he alleged that the JPC headed by him was trying to stonewall inquiry by refusing to summon Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and declining to hear former Telecom Minister A. Raja. He said the Congress-led UPA government has been trying to systematically weaken the constitutional and parliamentary bodies.
Observing that the Congress was notorious for devaluing and misusing various institutions, including investigative agencies, Mr. Naidu described as bizarre the demand that BJP members on the JPC should be asked to quit.
Referring to the meeting of Law Minister Ashwani Kumar with CBI officials in connection with the coal blocks allocation scam investigation, he demanded his dismissal. He wanted the Prime Minister to resign as the UPA government was living on borrowed time and has been reduced to minority.
He criticised External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid for terming as “little thing” intrusion of Chinese troops into the Ladakh region.
‘Congress making mockery of the parliamentary system and trying to misuse JPC to whitewash the telecom scam’