Saturday, December 05, 2009

Advani vetoed govt's pick for CIC

The UPA wanted to install information commissioner M A Ansari as the next CIC following Wajahat Habibullah's acceptance of the J&K state information commissioners post but leader of Opposition L K Advani, it is learnt, objected to the government's choice. The process of choosing a consensus candidate for the post will now be taken up at a meeting after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh returns from his US trip.

The PM had called a meeting last week to decide on the CIC, and it was attended by Advani, law minister Veerappa Moily and minister of state in PMO Prithviraj Chavan. The two names that were put forward by the government for the CIC's post were that of the two serving information commissioners M A Ansari and A N Tiwari of which the government's preference was for Ansari, it is learnt.

Advani objected to the names of both Ansari and Tiwari and said that if the government went ahead with any of these, he would not give a dissenting note, that could embarrass the government, but he would abstain from voting.
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