CPI not to back NDA`s call to boycott Chidambaram
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,"
"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
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."
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