Split wide open - Rifts in BJP over 2G scam

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Murli Manohar Joshi
New Delhi, Dec 28: All's not well in the Opposition, with key BJP leaders coming at loggerheads over the 2G spectrum scam. Though the UPA government has given enough fodder for the BJP to crack the whip, there seem to be internal disagreements within the BJP as well.

Opposition leader Sushma Swaraj has questioned Murli Manohar Joshi's role as the Public Accounts Committee and Committee chief looking into the 2G spectrum controversy. He has even vowed to put the NDA's telecom policy under the scanner.

With eyebrows raised on his comments, Joshi has revealed apparent rifts in the BJP and said, "PAC is not just about numbers crunching. We can call other agencies too to get to the bottom of 2G mess." His actions point out the lack of unison and opposition coming from within the party.

This comes at a time when the BJP had stalled Parliament proceedings the whole of the winter session forcing a JPC probe into the multi-crore scam. Joshi on the other hand is dealing with the negative comments by looking into Vajpayee government's telecom policy.

Sushma Swaraj tweeted on her thoughts and said, "Under the Lok Sabha rules, PAC cannot call a minister, much less the Prime Minister. Prime Minister's offer therefore, has no meaning. The scope of PAC is totally different from that of JPC. While PAC deals with accounts, JPC deals with accountability and governance."

Key members Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley has voiced their opinion and stressed for a JPC rather than a PAC to get into the bottom of the matter. "PAC is just about CAG interpretation, scam is much bigger," said Jaitley.

With rifts among the BJP getting murkier by the day, the ruling UPA govt will find the opportunity to breathe easy for the time being.

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