Recall remarks on PM Modi: BJP member to PAC head KV Thomas

Addressing a press conference in Kerala, Thomas said on Monday, “We have the powers to summon anyone, even the Prime Minister and the ministers.”

Written by Anand Mishra | New Delhi | Updated: January 11, 2017 4:33 am
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A DAY after Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman K V Thomas said the panel has the power to summon Prime Minister Narendra Modi also, BJP MP Nishikant Dubey, who is a member of the PAC, urged Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Tuesday to ask him to “recall” his “unilateral” remarks.

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“I wish to bring to your attention the unilateral announcement by PAC Chairman K V Thomas seeking to summon Prime Minister Narendra Modi to appear before it. Such an announcement is wrong and unethical and against the laid out parliamentary procedure and your directions, which do not allow such summons to be issued unless a report is finalised. We fail to understand how the PAC Chairman could make such an announcement without discussion with members of the PAC,” said Dubey in a letter to the Speaker.

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Addressing a press conference in Kerala, Thomas said on Monday, “We have the powers to summon anyone, even the Prime Minister and the ministers.”

The PAC has summoned RBI Governor Urjit Patel and top Finance Ministry secretaries on the demonetisation issue.

In his letter, Dubey cited two provisions of the parliamentary committee. Quoting 55 (I), he said the proceedings of a committee shall be treated as confidential and it shall not be permissible for a member or anyone who has access to its proceedings to communicate, directly or indirectly to the press, any information regarding its proceedings.

He also referred to (1A) of the same rule to point out that “the provisions of clause (1) shall also mutatis mutandis apply to the proceedings of meetings held by the Speaker with the Leaders of Parties and Groups in Lok Sabha.”

Referring to Rule 55 (2), he said “whenever a paper or document, marked ‘secret’ or ‘confidential’ is circulated to the members of the committee, the contents of such paper, document shall not be divulged by any member either in the minute or dissent or on the floor of the House, or otherwise, without the permission of the Speaker… and where such permission has been obtained, any restriction imposed by the Speaker in regard to the manner in which, or the extent to which, the information contained in the document may be divulged, shall be strictly observed.”

Objecting to the panel’s decision to summon key Finance Ministry officials, Dubey said: “I also wish to draw your attention to the fact that the PAC has summoned Finance Ministry officials to appear before it on January 20, 2017, in spite of knowing fully well that they are busy with Budget formation exercise. I wish to bring this to your kind attention and seek your intervention and ask Shri K V Thomas to recall his remarks.”

Dubey is also a member of the parliamentary standing committee on finance, which has also called the Finance Ministry secretaries on January 18. In a letter to the PAC Chairman on Monday, Dubey said it was “inappropriate” to call the top secretaries who are engaged in preparing the Budget.

This is the second time the PAC is seeing a Congress versus BJP divide in the last few months. On July 12 last year, the members had sparred over the constitution of the crucial sub-committee on defence, which was to examine CAG reports on irregularities in a number of defence deals including AgustaWestland.

BJP members had insisted that being the largest party in the panel, they should head the key sub-group. But Thomas had rejected their contention, asserting that it was his prerogative to decide who would head it.

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    Ash
    Jan 11, 2017 at 1:03 am
    What is the BJP scared about.The committee is only asking how the decision to van notes came out.These questions could easily have been answered earlierstead a committee has to ask these people the same questions.Why the secrecy?
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      Satyaki
      Jan 11, 2017 at 3:10 am
      Why? Modi is not.a king. He is an elected representative. He is answerable to anyone and everyone.
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        PCKULKARNI
        Jan 11, 2017 at 4:05 am
        Limit of sycophancy
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          Pechambadi
          Jan 11, 2017 at 5:15 am
          What is wrong in calling the MAD MOGUL!after all he is one who announced ced the note cancellation and all the loinwallahas called it as another surgical strike. Mad mogul, who is only a windbag and rabble rouser happily free from any genius.
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            jay
            Jan 11, 2017 at 2:15 am
            The congress bootlickers will have power to do anything under NaMo regime. They will be dogs under Italian thug.
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              Viswanath
              Jan 11, 2017 at 2:41 am
              And these are the ConGress fellows accusing money of dictatorial rule.
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                Mathurwa
                Jan 11, 2017 at 2:38 am
                Not sending Government officials to PAC is clear cut delaying tactics on part of the Govenment. BJP not ready to answer Key questions
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                  Adhir
                  Jan 11, 2017 at 4:14 am
                  Under BJP we have almost ten times scam with Demonetisation being the biggest of all. Vyapam Scam, Chiki Scam, DDCA Scam, Lalit Gate, Hydel Power Scam, IPL Scam, Vijay Mallya Scam, Mining Scam, Fake Degree Scam involving Vinod Tawde are some of the Big scam taken place involving BJP leaders in two and a half years of their rule.
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                    Aftab
                    Jan 11, 2017 at 2:49 am
                    And you are a brainless fellow who doesn't understand English. Thomas only said PAC has the power to summon. But as usual, BJP leaders are trying to create an artificial controversy.
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                      Aftab
                      Jan 11, 2017 at 2:52 am
                      This Dubey fellow has learnt from his master on how to create an artificial controversy.
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                        Ashu Kumar
                        Jan 11, 2017 at 2:06 am
                        Unnecessary Jokers have been put in public to defame PAC. Thomas said if is decided by PAC unanimously we can call PM. Now BJP don't want to send FM official before PAC. It is clear interference in job igned to PAC.Nation should what was wuantam of black money, counterfeit money. How much money Govt spent in this Tuglaki farmaan. This has economy in termoil. Please release the data before we go for poll for UP.
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                          Amit C
                          Jan 11, 2017 at 2:19 am
                          Is Modi God of these guys? Looks like alleged snooping is Raas Leela.
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                            Amit C
                            Jan 11, 2017 at 3:57 am
                            PAC is supposed to evaluate based on data points, nothing to do with individual. Everyone is same in democracy.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Yes, but do students of "Entire Political Science" understand meaning of Data Points.
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                              Anand
                              Jan 11, 2017 at 5:04 am
                              then prove it....
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                                S Srinivasan
                                Jan 11, 2017 at 12:48 am
                                K V Thomas is after all subservient to Pappu and Sonia and there is no changelt;br/gt;in his behaviour. Who followed the rules during Congress regime?
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                                  vijay
                                  Jan 11, 2017 at 5:34 am
                                  This is confrontational politics at it's best which will culminate in useless exchange of blames, accusations of for tat,hiding the truth and a lot of bruised throats. In the end, nothing to show for it.It does not have to be like this if only our politics put the people in prominence rather than their psychological need to be in power at any cost.lt;br/gt;This transformation can only occur if we change from money driven politics to citizen centric politics where an election is won or lost by the performance of the candidates and the quality of their manifesto. lt;br/gt;It is a fact that all political parties are guilty of playing money politics in India today and as a result the country is slowly sinking in to a cesspool. The only way to pull the nation out of it is by taking a collective consensual decision by all the parties to change their direction.
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                                    Jai hind
                                    Jan 11, 2017 at 4:50 am
                                    Better u go directly with the burnol to apply it n between butts
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                                      Jai hind
                                      Jan 11, 2017 at 5:04 am
                                      It's ur leader Nishabdh dobhi and party who behave so... Thomas was explaining the power under his designation .. Now don't dig the deca tooth to Spread the foul smell.... By creating unnecessary controversy
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                                        Jai hind
                                        Jan 11, 2017 at 5:04 am
                                        It's ur leader Nishabdh dobhi and party who behave so... Thomas was explaining the power under his designation .. Now don't dig the deca tooth to Spread the foul smell.... By creating unnecessary controversy
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                                          Jai hind
                                          Jan 11, 2017 at 4:57 am
                                          Troll ka badbooo
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                                            Dr.Deshpande
                                            Jan 11, 2017 at 2:09 am
                                            Public Accounts Committee members should be from the public . Why politicians are on such a body. There are thousands of honest Indians who do not belong to any party. It is high time that the Hon' ble Court should dissolve such committees. Politicians will first obey their party then will think of us.. These are my frank views.lt;br/gt;Professor Ashok Deshpande PhD.
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