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BJP accuses JPC chief of bias, walks out in protest

The meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Committee [JPC] on 2G scam on Tuesday had quite a few dramatic moments with Reserve Bank of India [RBI] governor D Subarao deposing before the panel and the Bharatiya Janata Party [BJP] members staging a walkout from the meeting. Subarao was called for deposition as a former finance secretary to the union government.

Appearing before the JPC, the RBI governor said that there was no loss to the exchequer in the 2G spectrum allocation and even if there was it was only notional in nature. He said there was no monetary loss in actual terms and much depends on perception. Subbarao told the panel that he was in disagreement with the 25 March 2011 note of the finance ministry to the prime minister, which suggested that Chidambaram could have insisted on auctioning the 2G spectrum.

Meanwhile, the BJP  threatened that it would withdraw from the JPC. Earlier in the day it had staged a walkout from the meeting, accusing the JPC chariperson P C Chacko of being biased.  

'We have withdrawn from the committee, as the party members have no heart in continuing in the committee,' said the BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, who is also a member of the JPC. The BJP leader said that the final decision to continue with the JPC would be taken after consulting the party president and other top leaders.

Accusing Chacko of behaving in a dictatorial manner, Sinha alleged that the JPC chairperson behaved like a Congress spokesperson. The BJP leader alleged that it is the Congress leadership that was dictating the chairperson in running the JPC. 'Ever since we made the demand for examining the prime minister and P Chidambaram, the consensus has ended and only dictatorship is happening in the JPC,' said Sinha.
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