2G: PM, Chidambaram should quit, says BJP

BJP president Nitin Gadkari termed 2G spectrum allocation as the biggest scam in the history of independent India.

Updated: Jul 25, 2011, 16:21 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Reacting to former telecom minister A Raja’s claims that transactions made in the allocation of 2G spectrum were known to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and then finance minister P Chidambaram, BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Monday demanded their resignation.

Addressing a press conference here, Gadkari said both PM Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram should owe up the moral responsibility for what he termed as the biggest scam in the history of independent India.

Coming down hard at the Congress, Nitin Gadkari also demanded UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s explanation on the claims made by Raja.

"Sonia Gandhi (Congress chief) always claims that action will be taken against those found corrupt... then why silence on this matter? I want to ask Sonia Gandhi whether Raja`s confession in the court is direct evidence of the prime minister and Chidambaram`s involvement (in the scam).

"I want to know their involvement in the whole scam. Sonia Gandhi should clarify what action the Congress party will take against them," Gadkari said.

Raja, who is an accused in the corruption case and is behind bars, told the CBI court today that the foreign direct investment (FDI) made in the scam were under the scanner of Finance Minister and the Prime Minister.

The 47-year-old DMK MP pleaded before Special CBI Judge O P Saini that there was nothing wrong in his decision of not auctioning 2G spectrum and was merely following the policies pursued by his predecessors and the NDA government.

Commenting on the Yeddyurappa’s indictment in the Lokayukta report, the BJP president said that he has already spoken to the Karnataka Chief Minister and will initiate action after the report is made public.

Gadkari also said that Yeddyurappa has agreed to abide with the party’s decision.