Uproar In PAC Meet: 11 MPs Reject ReportNew Delhi, Apr 28: 11 MPs, including one each from SP and BSP, of the 21-member PAC today "rejected" the draft report on 2-G scam that indicted former Telecom Minister A Raja and made critical
New Delhi, Apr 28: 11 MPs, including one each from SP and BSP, of the 21-member PAC today "rejected" the draft report on 2-G scam that indicted former Telecom Minister A Raja and made critical comments on the Prime Minister and the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram.
In unprecedented scenes at a stormy meeting of the committee, the ruling coalition MPs (7 Congress, 2 DMK), aided by SP and BSP, "elected" Congress member Saifuddin Soz as chairman who put the resolution for rejection of the report to vote.
The 'election' took place once Joshi had left the meeting after Soz moved a resolution seeking a vote on the adoption of the draft report.
In the "vote" that took place after the nine members belonging to opposition parties (BJP, JD(U), BJD and AIDMK) had left, 11 members rejected the report, Soz claimed.
"I will now present the whole proceedings to the Speaker for her decision," he told reporters. Soz said in a democracy when situations are created then such things (election) happen.
A Congress MP V Arun Kumar said the election of Soz was for this meeting, which was the second session of the proceedings convened by Joshi to discuss the draft report.
In more drama, Soz later went to Joshi's office and handed over the "resolution" rejecting the report to his staff. He said he would apprise the Speaker of the developments in the meeting.
Joshi himself told reporters after adjourning the meeting that the ruling side members said that the draft report was "outsourced".
"I wanted to say something but they did not allow me. So I adjourned the meeting," he said.
However, Congress members claimed that Joshi was not prepared to listen to them and "ran away".
Another opposition MP said the Congress MPs demanded that Joshi resign and did not allow him to conduct the meeting.PTI