BJP demands removal of Ramesh

The BJP on Thursday demanded ouster of Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh for his controversial remarks against Home Ministry in Beijing, saying the minister is "at odds" with the functioning of the government.

Last Updated: May 13, 2010, 20:52 PM IST

New Delhi: The BJP on Thursday demanded ouster of
Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh for his controversial
remarks against Home Ministry in Beijing, saying the minister
is "at odds" with the functioning of the government.

"Ramesh`s apology to the Home Minister is completely
inadequate and what he said in China is inappropriate... The
minister is at odds with what is happening in the government.
The Prime Minister should remove him," BJP spokesperson
Nirmala Sitharaman said.

The minister had reportedly said in Beijing that the Home
Ministry and the security establishment were being "alarmist
and paranoid" when it came to Chinese companies wanting to do
business in India, raising a storm.

Sitharaman charged that Ramesh had published some
articles in favour of Chinese companies. "I wonder if there is
a pattern to this. A cabinet minister is taking up the cause
of a Chinese company."

Ramesh met Home Minister P Chidambaram yesterday and is
said to have clarified the context of his statement.

The Environment Minister also reportedly offered to step
down from his post but Prime Minister Manmohan Singh turned it
down.

Earlier, soon after the incident, the BJP had asked the
Prime Minister to take action against Ramesh but stopped short
of outrightly demanding his removal.

PTI