New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram had
the first taste of the BJP-led NDA`s boycott of him in
Parliament with the Lok Sabha on Tuesday witnessing a brief but
sharp protest from the Opposition when he was called to reply
to a question.
The entire BJP rose in unison during the Question Hour
when Chidambaram started replying to the first question in the
Winter session put by Raghuvansh Prasad Singh (RJD).
Chidambaram was seated in the first row next to
Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and Congress President Sonia
Speaker Meira Kumar, however, adjourned the House till
noon as members waved placards and raised slogans on a variety
of issues ranging from better prices for cotton to formation
of separate Telangana.
NDA had yesterday decided to boycott Chidambaram in
Parliament, alleging his involvement in the 2G scam during his
tenure as Finance Minister. The NDA wants Chidambaram to quit.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh earlier in the day strongly
defended Chidambaram contending that there was no case for
NDA`s call to boycott the Home Minister in Parliament.
"As far as the boycott is concerned, I sincerely hope that
the political parties will resist any such temptation. There
is virtually no case for a boycott of the type that has been
talked about in the newspapers," Singh told reporters outside
Parliament on the opening day of the session.
BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said that the NDA would
continue to demand his resignation till he quits. "We are
demanding that he resign or we will continue to boycott him,"
Naidu told media persons.