PNB scam: Congress says yet to discuss JPC with other parties
New Delhi: The Congress has not discussed with other parties the issue of seeking a probe into the multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud through a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), its senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said today.
Speaking to reporters here, Azad chose to not reply on Army Chief Bipin Rawat's comments on the growth of the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) in Assam vis-Ã -vis the BJP in Assam. However, in the same breathe, he accused the ruling BJP of trying to divert attention from the PNB fraud. "We have not had any discussion on this," Azad said while replying to a query about whether the Congress Working Committee had last week authorised him to speak to other "like-minded" parties on pressing for a JPC to probe the fraud, involving billionaire diamond merchant Nirav Modi. All India Congress Committee GS Azad, however, said the issue will be flagged in the House when the Parliament session resumes on March 5.
On the CPI(M) seeking a JPC probe into the matter, the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha added they will discuss it when the Parliament session is there. Asked about Rawat's remarks, Azad said he would not reply on the remark.
But I would simply say that in the coming days, the BJP will point fingers on so many leaders, parties, to divert the attention from Nirav Modi. They are going to make heaven and hell together to divert the attention of the people, he added. Azad said the Manmohan Singh dispensation had conducted all sort of enquiries when the then Opposition, led by the BJP, took up the issue of alleged 2G spectrum scam.