BJP MPs walk out of 2G JPC meet (Lead)

September 18th, 2012 - 3:49 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) BJP members of a parliamentary panel probing the 2G spectrum allocation walked out a meeting Tuesday against the chairman’s refusal to call Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to depose, BJP sources said.

A BJP source told IANS that Congress member P.C. Chacko, who heads the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), had earlier said he would decide on calling Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P. Chidambaram to depose at the meeting.

The BJP members had returned to the JPC after over a month-long boycott. When they raised the matter with Chacko Tuesday, he refused to heed their demand, the Bharatiya Janata Party source said.

This forced the BJP members to walk out in protest, the source said.

Raising the issue, BJP’s Yashwant Sinha referred to a letter from Chacko that promised a decision on preparing a list of witnesses, including the prime minister, over the spectrum allocation said.

Sinha was backed by party colleagues Gopinath Munde and Ravi Shankar Prasad.

However, Chacko did not relent, following which the BJP members walked out.

This issue had figured in the Aug 22 meet of the JPC too when there were heated exchanges between the BJP and Congress members.

Then too, BJP members had walked out alleging that Congress members had used unparliamentary language.

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