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Congress, Oppn head for showdown over PAC report

An all out political war broke out on Wednesday with the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) coming down heavily on the PMO, Cabinet Secretariat and faulting the Prime Minister in the 2G scam while the Congress and DMK hit back demanding Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi's resignation.

April 27, 2011 / 09:07 PM IST

An all out political war broke out on Wednesday with the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) coming down heavily on the PMO, Cabinet Secretariat and faulting the Prime Minister in the 2G scam while the Congress and DMK hit back demanding Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi's resignation.


Riled by critical comments against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the ruling coalition accused Joshi, a veteran BJP leader, of having "malafide intentions" to destabilise the government after he circulated a draft report of the Committee which criticised the PMO and Cabinet Secretariat for not taking "corrective action".

The report will be discussed tomorrow at meeting of the PAC which is likely to be stormy. With the strength of the two sides delicately balanced in the 21-member committee, the role of SP and BSP, which have a member each on the PAC, will be important.

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