New Delhi: Responding to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's rejection of BJP's demand that he appear before the JPC in 2G spectrum allocation case, the opposition on Wednesday said if he has nothing to hide and since he had offered to depose before the PAC, he should not shy away from the panel.
"The Prime Minister had earlier written to Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairperson Murli Manohar Joshi that he is ready to appear before the panel... If there is nothing fishy and he has nothing to hide in the 2G spectrum case, then the PM should appear before the JPC," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain told reporters.
The party said as Singh has often spoken inside Parliament on crucial issues why can he not go before the JPC. When it was pointed out that the PM has claimed all documents required by the JPC have been provided to it, Hussain shot back "all those who were called earlier by the JPC could then have e-mailed their statements. JPC is not an agency for collecting papers."
The BJP said as Manmohan Singh has often spoken inside Parliament on crucial issues why can he not go before the JPC.
He alleged it is Congress which is politicising the JPC as panel chairperson PC Chacko has diminished its importance through his statements.
"Just because the JPC is headed by a Congress MP does not mean it is a Congress Committee... Chacko should not buldoze the JPC," Hussain said.