Thursday, April 28, 2011

Bravo Congress, Congrats for finding a fellow 'corrupt' traveller in DMK

Congrats Congress leadership. Saint ..... and the virtuous Crown Prince!
and of not forgetting Dr Honest Manmohan Singh....
Compliments for finding a fellow traveller like DMK. In corruption and
holier than thou, u r truly marching ahead.
What else can explain the party's dadagiri to underline a parlaimentary panel.
I am not saying M M Joshi was a sacred cow. But parlaimentary panels do not function --- may be they do in Italy and 24 Akbar Road -- like the manner Congress, DMK did by striking deals with Samajwadi and BSP.
The corruotion cycle has come a full scale cirle.... It is important
how you conduct and the conduct in PAC deliberations on April 29, 2011
does not do India proud.
Unprecedented is too small a shock!
Drama over questioning PM’s men, drama over electing a PAC chairman.

Crown Prince, Vituous Dr Singh and the Saint from Italy, when was the last time PAC chairman elected by votes?

The party-line divisions in the JPC headed by Congress MP P C Chako had practically existed from day one. With PAC also the differences came to the fore on April 15, 2011 first when sharp exchanges among members forced cancellation of sitting and quizzing of the Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrasekhar and Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister T.K.A. Nair.
How could Congress allow Dr Manmohan Singh’s men to be questioned? Nair and Chandrashekhar cannot be summoned to spill the beans.
The Congress and DMK members of the PAC headed by BJP’s M M Joshi questioned the need for deposition by the cabinet secretary and PMO officials on the technical ground that a Joint Parliamentary Committee had been set up. Aruna Kumar Vandavalli, Naveen Jindal and Satpal Maharaj are Congress members from Lok Sabha and Danapal Venugopal is from DMK.
Only the Law Secretary D.R. Meena, who was made to wait for several hours, did appear briefly the panel. CBI Director A.P. Singh and Attorney General G.E. Vahanvati also could not appear that day.
A stunned and visibly embarrassed PAC, Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi on April 15 also called of his scheduled media briefing as some members even questioned the rationale behind such exercises.
Well, that's a valid point. Dr Joshi should have avoided the media exercises. But that's another point.

On April 21, the PAC held an “internal meeting” apparently to thrash out the differences. However, the differences persisted rather strongly.

Samba Siva Rao, Aruna Kumar Vandavalli, Jitender Singh Alwar, Saifuddin Soz and Naveen Jindal yet again raised objections to the PAC pursuing the probe as JPC was already on work. With differences remaining unresolved, the possibility of a consensus PAC report on 2G scam now looks sealed.
N K Singh (JD-U) and B. Mahtab (BJD) were among the opposition members insisting that PAC, whose term ends on April 30, should continue its work and finalize a report too.
"We have made enormous progress in the case in the past one-and-a-half years. No one should cite the sub-judice argument as the same would apply to the JPC as well," N K Singh is learnt to have said. Mahtab backed chairman Joshi’s stand for finalizing a report saying several people have made elaborate depositions in the past few weeks and all these would have no meaning if PAC does not finalize a report.

Prior to that in the first week of April, the PAC held two-day special sittings where in corporate honchos like Ratan Tata, Anil Ambani, DB Etisalat CEO Atul Jhamb who represented Vivek Goenka, Unitech's Sanjay Chandra and lobbyist Niira Radia were questioned.
Among other matters, it is understood, BJP’s Yashwant Sinha took exceptions on Tata sending a sealed letter to DMK chief Karunanidhi showering praise on A Raja. During questioning, Tata, described as being ‘candid’ by PAC chairman Joshi, confessed that his group had a "chemistry problem" with Raja's predecessor, and DMK leader Dayanidhi Maran, who was telecom minister in UPA I for first few years.
Niira Radia’s contentions that some of the ‘tapes’ were doctored evoked mild warning from chairman Joshi.
To one question, she reportedly told the panel, “Sir, I am too small … to” suggest and influence cabinet formation. She was specifically asked why and how she had launched a campaign to “re-install Raja as telecom minister in May 2009”.
Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG) Chairman Anil Ambani was quizzed for an hour the next day on his company's links with Swan Telecom and on the dual technology issue. Members quizzed him why he sold of stake in Swan just before license was granted and asked to share his views on the first come first serve policy, which has now come under serious questioning.
“Anil Ambani was candid mostly but at some places refused to answer as matter was subjudice,” remarked Joshi later.
But now, nothing seems to be more important than scuttling a report which blames A Raja, now in jail and the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh for his so called alleged 'mute spectator behaviour.
After all, he is their 'honest' Prime Minister, who got a pat more than once from US President - from George Bush to Obama.

Hours after being party to the Congress-DMK coup, senior Samajwadi Party MP Mr Revati Raman Singh, who supported the UPA dispensation in today's crucial PAC meeting, defended his move saying he was against the report in the present form as he had very less time to study the report.
"It would have been better if the meeting was postponed and even if
the term of the PAC was to expire the next committee could have taken up the draft report," he said.
The excuse is too simplistic to stomach. Hazmolla cannot do it.
Dr Honest Manmohan Singh, please recommend Kaushik Basu for Bharat Ratna for his prophecy to make bribery legal! You are already implementing the
philosophy ....... one way or the other.


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