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Updated: February 2, 2012 12:30 IST

Chidambaram should quit: BJP

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BJP leader Balbir Punj
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BJP leader Balbir Punj

With the Supreme Court leaving it to the trial court to decide on the probe against Home Minister P Chidambaram in 2G case, BJP has demanded his resignation till the matter is settled.

”...He (Chidambaram) is fully involved in the entire scam and he has two days’ reprieve. But issue of probity in public life demands that either Chidambaram puts in his papers on his own, or if he refuses to do so, the Prime Minister must recommend to the President to sack him from the government with immediate effect,” BJP leader Balbir Punj said in New Delhi on Thursday.

When asked whether it is premature for the party to demand the resignation of Mr Chidambaram, who was the then Finance Minister, Mr Punj said if he is given a clean chit by the trial court, he can return to the Union Cabinet.

Welcoming the apex court judgement, he said it has confirmed what the country knew that 2G is one of the biggest scams and all allocations made were “absolutely fraudulent and not done on merit but on other considerations.”

Mr. Punj said after the judgement, one can almost come to a conclusion that it was not Raja alone who was responsible for the scam.

“He was just a cog in the wheels...there were other people, particularly the role of the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram has been scrutinised,” he said.

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