CPI not to back NDA`s call to boycott Chidambaram
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 13:59
New Delhi: CPI on Tuesday said while the entire Opposition was united on the issue of price rise, it did not support NDA's move to boycott Home Minister P Chidambaram on 2G issue, saying it would "expose" him inside and outside Parliament.

"We are not for boycott of any minister...There are no made for each other propositions in politics. We know who P Chidambaram is. We will expose him inside and outside Parliament," CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta told reporters outside Parliament House.

Denying that his party had a "soft corner" for Chidambaram, he said as a member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) looking into the scam, he was trying to find out evidence on the 2G issue.

NDA had yesterday decided to target Chidambaram by boycotting him and not allowing him to speak in Parliament, holding him also responsible for the 2G scam.

On the issue of price rise, Dasgupta said his party was ready to discuss it in Lok Sabha tomorrow. "But, government will have to listen to us...The Finance Minister is repeating the cyclostyled statement of the Finance Ministry," he said.

"The economy is almost insolvent, the GDP and production are down and there is threat of retrenchment...Government has no face, it is shameless," he said.


Asked if BJP was making it a personal issue, Naidu said, "There is nothing personal in this. There is a document which has come into light about the inaction and failure of the then finance minister from stopping the scam to happen."

He said that after the PMO and Cabinet Secretary endorsed the document, BJP started asking questions and "that is why we are demanding that he should resign or we will continue to boycott him in the Parliament."

Naidu said the Congress had also boycotted the then Defence Minister Gorge Fernandes for six months for no fault of him but "this is a case where the PMO, the Cabinet Secretariat and the Finance Ministry have endorsed."

On whether the BJP would stall Parliamentary proceedings on the issue, Naidu said, "We are not stalling Parliament. We want it to function...Is Government running because of only one minister? Even in that ministry, there are Ministers of State who can reply to questions in the two Houses."

On Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement that there was no case for the opposition boycotting the Home Minister, Naidu said, "The Prime Minister never interferes. No action is his reaction and so, there is nothing surprising in his reaction."

On the weakening of Rupee against the US dollar, he said this showed mismanagement of the economy by the Government.

Meanwhile, RJD chief Lalu Prasad opposed the boycott of the Home Minister saying, "This is too much. We will not accept that the Home Minister will not be allowed to speak in the name of boycott."


First Published: Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 13:59

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