Thiruvananthapuram: Veteran CPI-M leader and former Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan on Friday demanded resignation of Defense Minister A K Antony for his "failure" to take prompt action on the disclosure by Army Chief General V K Singh that he was offered a huge sum as bribe for clearing a truck deal.
"The inaction of Antony on such a serious issue amounted to
treason. He has lost the moral right to continue in office,"
Achuthanandan told reporters here.
Antony`s contention that he refrained from acting on the
issue as the General had not given a written complaint was
"absurd." As Defense Minister, he could have ordered an
inquiry without waiting for a written complaint.
However, Antony chose to remain silent for nearly an year
after Singh disclosed the bribe offer. A series of scams had
surfaced during the UPA-II rule and Antony`s department had
also contributed to them, Achuthanandan alleged.
Going by the current round of allegations, there was reason
to suspect that the ill-gotten money had gone to fund the
Congress election campaigns, he alleged.
He termed as "ridiculous" the Congress` efforts to insulate
Antony and said he could not wash off his hands saying that he
had resigned from the Union ministry in the past when the
sugar scandal broke out. Tendering resignation would do well
for the image of Antony, he said.