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JPC completes agenda with clean chit to PM, FM

The Joint Parliamentary Committee on Friday adopted its controversial draft report on the 2G spectrum allocation case which gave a clean chit to prime minister Manmohan Singh and finance minister P Chidambaram.

In all, 16 voted in favour of the report and 11 against it. The vote tally came to16-11 after a Nationalist Congress Party member also gave his support, said JPC Chairman Chacko. CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury strongly opposed the decision and said his party will not accept this.

Chacko told reporters after the meeting that all those who voted against the draft report would be given 15 days to file their dissent report. Of the total 30 members in the committee, three members, including one from the BJP, were absent. Of the 27 present, the ruling side got the votes of Congress (11), NCP (one), BSP (2), SP (1) and nominated member Ashok Ganguly.

BJP leader and member of the committee Yashwant Sinha said a contrived majority has been ‘unashamedly’ used
to adopt a report based on ‘wrong facts, falsehood and prejudicial’ findings without the consideration of the Committee.

BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said: ‘They rejected our demand to call A Raja before the committee.’ All eyes were on members of JD (U), BSP and SP who had not made their stand clear on supporting the document which gave a clean chit to the Prime Minister but indicted A Raja.

The government breathed easy with NCP scaling down its demand for calling Raja as a witness.
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