Hours after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa sought Home Minister P Chidambaram .s resignation alleging that he was “fraudulently” elected to the Lok Sabha, the Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, too demanded that he should step down over 2G and Naxal situation.
“If two people have taken money and only one is in jail, he will of course talk… Why is Mr Chidambaram continuing as the home minister of the country,” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said. He was referring to reports claiming that former telecom minister A Raja had alleged that a larger share of the loot from the 2G spectrum scam had gone to Home Minister P Chidambaram.
Javadekar alleged that the recorded conversations of corporate lobbyist Niira Radia with former Telecom Minister A Raja established that Chidambaram had also received money in the 2G case. Javadekar also said the home minister had failed in tackling Naxal violence. Again, echoing Jayalalithaa, BJP too demanded Union Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran’s resignation . Javadekar said the government not acting against him showed its “unwillingness” to act tough against corruption. “He should have been sacked by now. Why is the prime minister silent on the issue or is he waiting for Supreme Court strictures once again,” he asked.
CBI is probing Maran’s links during his tenure as telecom minister from 2004 to 2007 to a Malaysia-based firm Maxis Communication which bought Aircel. Refusing to give credit to the UPA government , the BJP leader claimed that it was because of the apex court-monitored investigation and initiatives that Suresh Kalmadi, Kanimozi, Raja and others were in jail. At the moment , the Supreme Court is monitoring only the 2G scam case and not the Commonwealth Games scam cases. “Government has done nothing in the case. The case of former officials being targeted by the Income-Tax Department also proves that government is interested in shielding the corrupt and harass anybody, who takes action against the corrupt.”
Castigating Congress for calling Anna Hazare’s team as “Tyranny of Unelected” , Javadekar said it displayed lack of understanding of basic political idioms . “Only governments elected or otherwise can become tyrants. Nazi Germany or India in Emergency are examples of tyranny of the elected. Congress supports tyranny,” he said. He accused the government of trying to crush peaceful protesters , defaming the opposition and using foul language against BJP, RSS, Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev and alleged Congress was not taking any effective steps to bring back black money.
“Now it is clear that it made various promises on the issue of corruption and black money just to buy peace with the agitated common man. This was just a ploy and a lip service only. When the discourse has progressed to a stage where government has to make a firm commitment, it has backtracked ,” he said. Economic Times