The Parliament had appointed a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to examine the matter of allocation and pricing of telecom and spectrum.
The report of the JPC, approved by a slender majority, was laid on the table of Rajya Sabha today. The conduct of the Congress party and the UPA government makes it clear that they have failed to learn the lessons from the results of the recently held assembly elections.
The strategy is to first indulge in acts of corruption and then subvert constitutional institutions in order to cover them up.
The principal issues that the JPC had to examine were with regard to:
The Majority Report bypasses most of these issues. On the contrary it has devoted large sections of the Report to blame the NDA government. Obviously, the report will carry no credibility. The JPC, which went into the Bofors Case invented a theory that commissions paid to the middlemen were not kickbacks but winding-up charges. The CBI charge sheet negated this theory. The Parliamentary Committee, which went into the Cash-for-Vote scam blamed the opposition MPs. The trial court has now held that they were whistleblowers and had committed no offence. If we want that the dignity of the Parliamentary institutions be maintained, we must ensure that the truth surfaces and not be covered up.
The note of dissent given by the opposition MPs to the chairman of the Telecom JPC has been edited. Today, I raised an issue in the Rajya Sabha, whether the Chairman of the Committee can only edit superfluous or un-parliamentary references made in a note of dissent, or can he change the substance of the dissent note that was submitted? By doing so, the chairman has committed a breach of privilege. I invited a ruling from the chair on this issue. Regrettably no ruling came.
The only consolation I have is that the government stands exposed. The Emperor is without clothes. Even a Parliamentary cover-up through a JPC will not save it of the embarrassment.
Arun Jaitley is Leader of opposition, Rajya Sabha
It is clear from the comments of the secular gang that in the name sickularism thousands of crores of loot can be permitted
The phraseology reveals what is uppermost in his mind. The fable of the Emperor with clothes describes the process myth making and is not relevant here.
It is most relevant to the manner in which Mr Modi has built up his aura and left people like Mr Jaitely in the dust
JPC report is a huge disappointment. I was expecting the report to credit Manmohan for bringing in 60000 lakh crores to the exchequer. Instead, the report merely exonerates him of any wrong doing.
Very disappointing. What a sterling service Manmohan performed to the country thro' 2G!! And no proper credit to him.
@ KDM - "The principal issue before bjp is that if it is morally okay to shout on corruption issues while you are about to welcome BSY with open arms?"
The principal issue before the Congress is whether it is morally okay to cream from the rooftops about secularism and welcome rabidly communal parties like the MIM and the IUML with open arms.
We know it Mr. Jaitley; not just the ruling emperors, but also the pining-to-be ones. But we really have no choice; no matter who we vote for, we know the nudity will continue. And to be honest, we are not that well clothed either.
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