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‘The PAC has the right to question and know the way money is spent by the Government'
The committee will do everything to protect the interest of the nation: Murli Manohar Joshi
BANGALORE: It seems the controversy surrounding the rejection of the Public Accounts Committee's (PAC) draft report on the 2G spectrum allocation scam refuses to die down.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday made a fresh attack on the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government by noting that the Congress was scuttling presentation of the report fearing serious repercussions.
Describing the rejection of the report by majority members of the PAC as an attempt to curtail constitutionally accorded rights of the committee, its Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi said the Congress was jittery as the draft report slammed the Prime Minister's Office and the former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram.
Addressing ‘Jan Sangarsh Abhiyan' organised by the State BJP unit to oppose issues of “corruption, black money, and anti-democratic stances of the United Progressive Alliance Government”, Mr. Joshi noted that the PAC had the right to question and to know the way money is spent by the Government.
But, Congress leaders were trying to scuttle the report by influencing party members to oppose it.
He said the committee had summoned over 3,000 documents from the office of the Prime Minister and similarly sought explanations from the Finance Minister's office. Congress was not allowing placing the report, as it was afraid of its repercussions.
The committee would do everything to protect the interest of the nation and there was no question of bowing to any kind of pressure, Mr. Joshi said.
Charging the Centre with crushing dissent with force, he noted that the BJP Government in the State would not let loose police against protesters in case the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda stages a dharna. “Our government in the State will honour the democratic right of a citizen to protest,” he said.
State BJP president K.S. Eshwarappa charged that the UPA Government was afraid of releasing the list of those who had stashed huge amounts of money in foreign banks.
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