New Delhi: BJP on Tuesday asked Union Minister
P Chidambaram to step down in the wake of media reports that
he was an alleged beneficiary in the 2G spectrum scam during
UPA-I, even as it charged him with failure as Home Minister in
fighting the naxal menace.
"There are media reports of A Raja telling corporate
lobbyist Niira Radia that Chidambaram has received a lot of
money. Still, why is he continuing as Home Minister. After
these revelations, he has lost the moral right to continue in
office," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told reporters.
According to a report in a publication, a taped
conversation between Raja and Radia purportedly shows the
former telling the corporate lobbyist that Chidambaram has
"taken a lot of money and further expressed his annoyance on
the functioning of Chidambaram (who was Finance Minister then)
on minerals and gas matters."
BJP also supported Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J
Jayalalithaa`s remark that Chidambaram`s election in the 2009
Lok Sabha polls was "untenable and he should resign
"Everybody knows that Chidambaram was losing in the
elections. The result was challenged," Javadekar said, adding
that this was another reason for him to quit as minister.
However, it was on the naxal issue that BJP was most
vocal while demanding his resignation.
"Due to his failure in the fight against naxalism, he
has no right to continue in office.... A coordinated approach
between the Centre and the states in fighting naxalism is
needed," Javadekar said.
This is a marked shift in the BJP stand as earlier it
was critical of UPA-II government`s stand on naxalism and
maintained that Chidambaram should continue.