Hyderabad: Reminding Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi of their promise to fight corruption, BJP chief Nitin Gadkari on Friday demanded sacking of Union Home minister P Chidambaram in the wake of 2G spectrum scam and recent allegations about favouring a former client.
"Whatever allegations are there against Chidambaram...one
thing is clear that Chidambaram is as much responsible as
(former telecom minister) A Raja. Besides, the latest
allegations (over withdrawal of FIRs against a Delhi-based
hotelier) is also a serious matter," Gadkari said here.
"Chidambaram`s place is neither in Parliament nor in the
Home Ministry...but in Tihar (jail) and next to Raja. He
should immediately resign. I appeal to the Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi with regard
to their promise to the country on fighting the corruption...
the people will believe them only if Congress initiates action
and removes him from the ministry," Gadkari said, talking to
the reporters here.
The BJP president was in the city to extend support to
the three-day hunger strike launched by the party`s national
secretary Muralidhar Rao, to protest against the UPA
government for neglecting the handloom industry and the
Reacting to a question on BJP`s stand on whether
Sachin Tendulkar should get `Bharat Ratna`, Gadkari said,
"Sachin Tendulkar has indeed brought laurels to the country.
The government should positively think about (bestowing the
honour on him)."