Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar is yet to take a call on the standoff on the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on 2G against the backdrop of the letter submitted to her by 15 JPC members belonging to the Opposition expressing no confidence in panel Chairman P C Chacko.
The Lok Sabha Speaker is the authority to take a final decision on the matter under the rules and procedures of Parliament as the JPC is an adhoc committee appointed by the Speaker. She said on Thursday that she was examining the letter.
A day after the JPC members from the Opposition had submitted the letter of no confidence, Chacko met Meira Kumar and is understood to have explained his point of view on the controversial draft report of the JPC. Though Chacko preferred not to divulge the details of his discussion with the Speaker, he made it clear that he had met her on his own giving the impression that he was not called by the Speaker to give an explanation.
The JPC Chairman said that it would be appropriate to meet her before deciding on the date of the next meeting of the JPC. However, in a total climbdown, Chacko said that he was open to consider amendments to the draft report.
Maintaining that the report of the JPC should be presented to Parliament before May 10, the Opposition members have to convince the committee on redrafting the report, which was prepared after a hard work.