September 2nd, 2011
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Manish Tiwari retained in Parliamentary Standing Commmitte

maneesh-thiwaryNew Delhi: Congress in an unexpected move, decided to retain Congress MP and party spokesperson Manish Tewari in the Parliament’s standing committee on the Lokpal Bill on Friday. Tewari had earlier recused himself from the committee stating that he did not want to cast a shadow on the deliberations.

“I am all for a strong and effective Lokpal. I do not want any controversy to cast a shadow on the deliberations of this important bill. I, therefore, recuse myself from the Standing Committee,” Tewari had said.  The party did not agree to Tewari’s decision.”Manish Tewari has expressed his views but the party has taken no such decision. The members of Standing Committees are appointed by Lok Sabha Speaker and Chairman of Rajya Sabha on the recommendations of political parties,” AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi had said on Thursday.

Tewari’s decision to opt out of the panel had apparently been prompted by the flak he drew for accusing Anna Hazare of being “steeped in corruption” ahead of his fast.Tewari had earlier criticized the anti-graft campaigner Anna Hazare before his proposed fast on August 16. He had alleged that anti-graft campaigner Anna Hazare is himself involved in corruption, adding that people linked to the veteran Gandhian were facing serious charges of corruption, including extortion, land grabbing and blackmailing. A few days back, Tewari, however, apologised for levelling allegations against Hazare and appealed to the Gandhian to call off his fast.

Along with Tiwari the party has decided to retain all members on the panel.



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