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BJP uses Maran`s resignation to target Chidambaram

BJP on Thursday demanded that Home Minister P Chidambaram should also quit on the 2G issue alleging the scam took place as the Finance Ministry then headed by him changed its stand on spectrum allocation.



New Delhi: Terming as "long overdue" the
resignation of Textiles minister Dayanidhi Maran, BJP on Thursday
demanded that Home Minister P Chidambaram should also quit on
the 2G issue alleging the scam took place as the Finance
Ministry then headed by him changed its stand on spectrum
allocation.
"P Chidambaram should resign. We have already demanded
this as the 2G spectrum scam could not have occurred had the
Finance Ministry (then headed by him) not changed its stand on
the issue of auctioning radiowaves," BJP spokesperson Prakash
Javadekar said today.

Commenting on the resignation of Maran from the Union
Cabinet, Javadekar said he should have resigned long back.
"Why does the Prime Minister delay the removal of corrupt
members of his team. Initially, efforts are made to defend
them. When all routes are exhausted, action is taken," he
said.

Questioning Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Javadekar
said, "Such delays put a question mark on the PM`s capability
to act in time."

Referring to the 2G spectrum allocation scam, he said
initially Chidambaram as Finance Minister had supported
auctioning spectrum and had opposed selling it at rates of
2001. "It was good. He supported auction which was a right
stand," he said.
Maran, the Telecom Minister between 2004-07 resigned
today after CBI named him in the 2G spectrum allocation case.

"On January 11, 2008, spectrum was allocated on
first-come-first-serve basis and on January 15, he
(Chidambaram) had a change of heart and gave his fate accompli
approval to it saying as the allocation has been made, the
criterion of auction could be applied in next allotment,"
Javadekar recalled quoting from the PAC`s draft report on 2G
scam.

He said Chidambaram has "a lot to explain" on the
issue as he "practically gave sanction to the
first-come-first-serve policy...there are no grounds for
Chidambaram to continue."

Meanwhile, a BJP delegation met Finance Pranab
Mukherjee to demand immediate steps to protect small investors
"in the face of large number of so-called plot and land
sharing companies duping them to the tune of Rs 50,000 crore."

PTI

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