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PC Chacko takes U-turn, says open to JPC draft report amendments

PC Chacko takes U-turn, says open  to JPC draft report amendments
In a bid to end the confrontation in JPC, its Chairman P C Chacko, under opposition fire,on Friday expressed willingness to consider amendments to the controversial draft report on 2G spectrum scam, which gave a clean chit to the PM and union finance minister.

Chacko said that any amendment could be considered if the opposition members convince him through a discussion about any wrong points in the draft instead of indulging in politics. ‘The aim should not be to reject the report. They should say we want to amend the report. They should convince the committee on the need to redraft the report...I am open to get convinced. But convincing comes subsequently. First, they should be ready for a discussion,' said Chacko.

He also expressed readiness for a probe into the leakage of the report to the media, amidst opposition's allegations that he was responsible for it.

Chacko accused the  opposition parties of indulging in politics, and said that if the opposition maintain their present stance, it would mean that the report is not palatable to them. ‘They are damaging the healthy parliamentary practice,’ said Chacko.

The JPC chairperson said that he was ready to have a marathon meeting continuously day and night to debate the report in the committee as he has to table it in Parliament by 10 May. His comments came a day after 15 opposition members in the 30-member panel accused him of being partisan and demanded his removal.
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