Congress, however, sought to steer clear of the issue,
saying it was a matter between CBI and the Supreme Court.
"Resignation of Maran has to happen. Certainly his
position has become untenable," BJP spokesperson Nirmala
Sitaraman told reporters here after the CBI told the Supreme
Court that the minister has come under its scanner in the 2G
spectrum allocation scam.
CPI leader D Raja also said that after coming under
CBI's scanner, Maran's "position has become really untenable.
He has to step down, otherwise, the Prime Minister will be
held responsible for keeping him in the Union council of
ministers even after the CBI's statement."
Jayalalithaa went a step ahead, saying Maran should be
sacked as there was no expectation of his resigning.
"There is no use in expecting Dayanidhi Maran to take
moral responsibility and resign. It is high time that the
Prime Minister dropped him from the Union Council of
Ministers," she told reporters after a meeting with Deputy
Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia.
"It was high time that the CBI took such a step that it
took today. It was long overdue. I am happy that they have
done it now," she said.
Congress spokesman Manish Tewari refused to comment,
saying it was a matter between CBI and Supreme Court.
"I am not a spokesman of CBI. I am not in cognizance of
any such report. If it has been given by the CBI to the
Supreme Court, it is between the two institutions," he said.
New Delhi: With CBI naming Textiles Minister
Dayanidhi Maran in the 2G scam, BJP, CPI as also Tamil Nadu
Chief Minister Jayalalithaa demanded his ouster from the Union
Cabinet, saying that his position had become untenable.
First Published: Wednesday, July 06, 2011, 21:22