Jaswant Singh nearing the end of his term as PAC chairman


Party President Rajnath Singh gave a guarded response when asked for his reaction to Jaswant Singh's unexpected resignation from the post of PAC Chairman.
"No comments," he said, adding "Jaswant's decision may have come because his term as Chairman was coming to an ending".

When asked if he felt Jaswant Singh was sending overtures to BJP by quitting the post, Rajnath Singh refused to comment.
Former Union minister Yashwant Sinha is likely to succeed Jaswant Singh as PAC chairman, BJP sources said.
Sinha is a former Finance and External Affairs Minister and takes keen interest in financial matters. BJP feels this would also placate him since he has been sulking after the Lok Sabha polls.

Soon after he was nominated to PAC by BJP, Sinha had sarcastically "thanked" the party for "bestowing this tremendous honour" on him.
He was even denied chairmanship of Standing Committee on External Affairs with Sushma Swaraj taking over the post.

Gopinath Munde, the other BJP Lok Sabha MP who is a member of PAC, is comparatively a novice in national politics and party seniors feel making him chairman of the most important Parliamentary committee would not be a wise decision.
PAC chairperson has to be member of the main Opposition in Lok Sabha.

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