War of words over JPC report, BJP submits dissent note, Cong hits back
Congress spokesman P C Chacko calls BJP worried over ‘skeletons in the cupboard’
New Delhi: Submitting a dissent note against the JPC report on 2G spectrum, BJP today said it was flawed and a bundle of contradictions drafted by people in the government on the directions of the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister as a “cover up” exercise.
BJP MPs Yashwant Sinha, Jaswant Singh, Gopinath Munde, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Harin Pathak and Dharmendra Pradhan filed the dissent note to the JPC secretariat today.
Talking with reporters, Sinha said, “The Prime Minister, the Prime Minister’s Office, the Finance Ministry, and DoT and its officials, all of them had a hand in preparing the report and in covering up the whole thing,” he said.
The BJP members alleged that the government “completely controlled” JPC Chairperson P C Chacko and he worked according to their directions. “This entire game has been played by the Government of India. This has been done by the Prime Minister, Finance Minister and DoT (Telecom) Minister, who still holds the portfolio,” Sinha alleged.
However, Chacko dismissed the charge and said that it showed BJP’s desperation at Congress headquarters. “The JPC report was drafted by my secretariat and under my directions. The charge of Yashwant Sinha and company shows their desperation. It is completely political. Why Yashwant Sinha is too much worried about the report? There may be skeletons in the cupboard,” he said.
He told reporters, “You will know very soon why Sinha and company is worried,” Chacko said in reply to a volley of questions but did not elaborate.