The Joint Parliamentary Committee investigating the 2G scam finds itself in danger of becoming redundant, as a meeting today saw a new spate of walkouts over the issue of summoning Finance Minister P Chidambaram before it.
According to reports, leaders from the Left front stormed out of the meeting after Chairman PC Chacko responded to a letter by Gurudas Dasgupta and said that there was no provision under which they could summon Chidambaram before the committee. The BJP boycotted the meet for the same reason.
Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) too had earlier demanded that Chidambaram be called before JPC after RBI Governor D Subbarao deposed before it.
The JPC has so far been refusing to summon the Finance Minister and Prime Minister, but is coming under increasing pressure to do so. Apart from the Left and BJP, the Samajawadi Party and BSP are also backing the move.
This is extremely significant given that the Congress is now in the position of having to rely on both these parties to maintain its majority in the centre.
BJP members had stormed out of the meetings of JPC on 22 August and 18 September, charging panel chief P C Chacko with being biased, and accusing Congress members of using foul language.
The six BJP members in the JPC had asked Chacko to take a final decision on calling Singh and Chidambaram before the Committee.