Chidambaram diverting from 2G issue: BJP

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 18:52

New Delhi: BJP on Wednesday accused Home Minister
P Chidambaram of "diverting" the issue of his alleged
complicity in the 2G spectrum scam by charging the Opposition
of attacking on his stand against right-wing terror.

It also asked him to the clear the air instead of hiding
behind technicalities.

"Instead of answering our two straight questions,
Chidambaram is diverting the subject to an unrelated topic of
right-wing terror. Nation does not want to hear his sermons on
left or right terror but on his role in the daylight robbery
in 2G spectrum," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

The BJP maintained that Chidambaram, who was Finance
Minister when 2G spectrum was alloted, is offering a "bizarre
explanation" on FDI in Unitech and SWAN.

"The issue is not just technical whether the
participation of telecom companies is a sale of shares or
divestment. The issue is whether the owners share has got
diluted or not?" Javadekar asked.

He added that it is also pertinent whether these "so
called fresh shares" would have fetched the price, which they
have fetched without Unitech and SWAN having 2G licenses.

"Chidambaram knows very well that substance of
transaction is more important than the form of transaction,"
Javadekar said.

He claimed that Chidambaram had also evaded the second
question asked by the BJP.

"Why did he suddenly change his stand from auction and
agreed with A Raja`s price formula in July, 2008? Mr.
Chidambram, you owe a straight answer to our straight
questions," Javadekar said.

PTI

First Published: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 18:52
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