New Delhi: NDA`s move to boycott Home
Minister P Chidambaram in Parliament appears to have caught
the Government off-guard.
"It was unexpected. We did not anticipate it," a senior
minister speaking on condition of anonymity said, accepting
that the NDA`s call to boycott the Home Minister in Parliament
was not something they had expected.
He felt that it was part of BJP`s strategy to keep the
government under constant pressure.
"What is there to accept in their demand. What is the
merit of the demand," the minister said adding Chidambaram was
in favour of spectrum auction from the very beginning.
Speaking separately, Parliamentary Affairs Minister
Paswan Kumar Bansal, when asked about NDA`s demand for
Chidambaram`s resignation, told reporters, "It makes no sense.
What is its justification? It is very unfair."
Bansal also refused to accept any suggestion of drawing
parallels between the NDA`s current move and that of the
Congress in 2001 to boycott George Fernandes, who returned to
the Cabinet of Atal Behari Vajpayee even when a Commission was
enquiring into the Tehelka Arms expose issue on fake arms
He said that in case of Chidambaram, the basic allegation
of estimated loss due to 2G allocation, is not confirmed. He
also said that the UPA-I government had only continued the
policy on spectrum allocation taken during the NDA rule.
Bansal said that the government has not held any
discussion with the BJP on the issue so far but added "we will
try to reach out to them."
Asked whether UPA trouble shooter Pranab Mukherjee will
be the pointsman from the government side to persuade the
Opposition on this issue, Bansal said, "Obviously. He is the
Leader of the Lok Sabha."