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2G: BJP submits dissent note, alleges report made by govt people

October 10, 2013 18:35 IST

Submitting a dissent note against the JPC report on 2G spectrum, Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday 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.

"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," Sinha told reporters.

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.

"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," he said.

The BJP leaders maintained that they were going against convention and discussing the report with the media even before it has been made public as "Chacko himself has violated all rules".

The six MPs also wrote a letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, alleging that Chacko had acted in an "arbitrary and authoritarian manner" during JPC meetings.

"We apprehend that the chairman may edit and mutilate our note of dissent. We are therefore constrained to send a copy of our dissent," they said in their letter.

The main opposition insisted that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and then Finance Minister P Chidambaram should have been asked to depose before the JPC. They regretted that even though the main accused, A Raja, had made several offers to depose before the panel, he was not allowed to do so.

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