New Delhi: Stepping up its demand for the
removal of P Chidambaram from the Union Cabinet, BJP on Saturday
said as Finance Minister he was as much involved in the 2G
spectrum scam as then Telecom Minister A Raja and insisted
that he should also be incarcerated for his complicity.
BJP spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Tarun Vijay
maintained that it has now been "proved beyond doubt" that
Chidambaram had connived with Raja in the 2G scam and the
cover-up exercise that followed was done after taking the
former into confidence.
"Chidambaram is as much responsible and culpable for
this scam as Raja. His place is not where he is today (in the
union cabinet) but where Raja is today," Vijay told reporters.
The opposition demanded that not only should
Chidambaram, who is now Home Minister in UPA-II, be sacked but
also sent to jail like Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi.
He claimed to have a copy of the letter written by Raja
to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on November 7, 2008 in which
the former has reportedly stated that he was acting on the
advice of Chidambaram.
"Raja acted on Chidambaram`s advice like a
nursery-class student. Later as an obedient student, he
informed the Prime Minister about the whole thing," Vijay
He alleged that these ministers have "looted the
wealth" of the country when they were given the mandate to
protect its interest.
"These ministers are acting like a sort of gang or
mafia. Etisalat DB, which has connections with the Dawood
Ibrahim gang, has been fined Rs 7,000 crore for FEMA
violations. Unlike the colonial rulers who took the wealth
outside India, these people are born Indians but have become a
party in the loot of India," Vijay said.
The BJP maintained that this fine under FEMA is a clear
indictment of Chidambaram as Finance Minister and he should
face the law.