11 MPs reject report; PAC meeting ends in pandemonium

A Raja
New Delhi, April 28: 11 MPs, including one each from SP and BSP, of the 21-member PAC today (April 28) "rejected" the draft report on 2G scam that indicted former Telecom Minister A Raja and made critical comments on the Prime Minister and the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram.

In unprecedented scenes at a stormy meeting of the committee, the ruling coalition MPs (7 Congress, 2 DMK), aided by SP and BSP, "elected" Congress member Saifuddin Soz as chairman who put the resolution for rejection of the report to vote.

The ''election'' took place once Joshi had left the meeting after Soz moved a resolution seeking a vote on the adoption of the draft report.

In the "vote" that took place after the nine members belonging to opposition parties (BJP, JD(U), BJD and AIDMK) had left, 11 members rejected the report, Soz claimed.

"I will now present the whole proceedings to the Speaker for her decision," he told reporters.

Soz said in a democracy when situations are created then such things (election) happen. A Congress MP V Arun Kumar said the election of Soz was for this meeting, which was the second session of the proceedings convened by Joshi to discuss the draft report.


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