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Updated: September 23, 2011 04:09 IST

Jayalalithaa demands Chidambaram's resignation

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister on Thursday said Union Home Mnister P. Chidambaram should immediately resign from his post or else the Prime Minister should drop him from the Cabinet. File photo
DIPR Tamil Nadu Chief Minister on Thursday said Union Home Mnister P. Chidambaram should immediately resign from his post or else the Prime Minister should drop him from the Cabinet. File photo

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary Jayalalithaa on Thursday demanded the immediate resignation of Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram over the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

“Or else, the Prime Minister should immediately drop him [Mr. Chidambaram] from the Union Cabinet and the CBI [Central Bureau of Investigation] should proceed against Mr. Chidambaram, as they did against former Union Communications Minister A. Raja,” Ms. Jayalalithaa told a television channel.

In response to a query on the note sent by the Union Finance Ministry to the Prime Minister's Office which indicated that Mr. Chidambaram could have intervened and prevented the 2G spectrum scam, the Chief Minister replied: “It is quite clear that Mr. Chidambaram is deeply involved in the 2G spectrum scam, which, according to the CAG [Comptroller and Auditor-General]'s report, has caused a loss of over Rs.1.76-lakh crore to the Indian exchequer.”

Karunanidhi declines to comment

Meanwhile, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president M. Karunanidhi refused to be drawn into the issue of demand for Mr. Chidambaram's resignation over the 2G spectrum allocation scandal.

To a question on Ms. Jayalalithaa's call for Mr. Chidambaram's resignation, the DMK president told journalists at his party head office that the list of individuals whose resignation has been sought by Ms. Jayalalithaa ever since she entered politics was endless.

Did he feel that there was no wrongdoing on the part of the DMK in the wake of the note on 2G pricing sent by the Union Finance Ministry to the Prime Minister's Office? Mr. Karunanidhi's reply: “As the matter is sub judice, it is not proper to comment.”

To another question whether he would seek the Union Minister's resignation, the DMK president said it was up to him [Mr. Chidambaram] to decide.

To a question on Mr. A. Raja's earlier observations on his role in the allocation issue, Mr. Karunanidhi said that what Mr. Raja had meant was that when the allocation was finalised every time, he had kept the two of them — Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Mr. Chidambaram — informed.

Politicians cannot speak about morals or ethics, none of it they practice. In this case there is no reason for Chidambaram to resign as demanded by Jayalalitha, there cannot be two yard sticks for the same act, if Jayalalitha can continue in office with a very big corruption case behind her going on for the last 15 years, Chidambaram can continue in office until he is proved guilty of any wrong doing, citing CAG estimate of 1.76lakh crore loss is unacceptable, as the figure of loss quantified by different agencies is not throwing a clear picture.

from:  Xavier Surender
Posted on: Sep 23, 2011 at 11:59 IST
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