NDA demands Chidambaram`s resignation
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 08, 2011, 19:25
  
New Delhi: Targeting Home Minister P Chidambaram again, BJP-led NDA on Thursday disrupted proceedings in Parliament demanding his resignation for his alleged role in the controversial 2G spectrum allocations, but the government ruled it out.

Members of NDA created uproar in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha to seek Chidambaram's resignation in the wake of a Delhi court allowing Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy to become a witness in the 2G spectrum case.

The Lok Sabha could not conduct any business till 2 pm because of the trouble as a result of which it was first adjourned till noon and then till 2 pm.

Normal proceedings resumed at 2 pm after Finance Minister and Leader of the House Pranab Mukherjee called up Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj seeking Opposition's cooperation to allow discussion on inflation.

Swaraj raised the issue of Chidambaram when she stood up to participate in the discussion on inflation.

"The debate on the issue is cursed. Whenever we decide to discuss inflation, it gets entangled in some issue or the other...at noon when the issue was to come up, a new issue came up," she said referring to the developments in the court.

"It has been our stand that if (then Telecom Minister) A Raja is guilty, so is P Chidambaram," she said adding that if Raja's resignation has been sought, the same standard should apply on Chidambaram.

Referring to a court's decision, Swaraj said the party raised the issue this morning due to the "new dimension" added to the case.

Rejecting the opposition demand, Law Minister Salman Khurshid told reporters that there was nothing in the Delhi court observations against Chidambaram or the government.

Earlier, as soon as the House met for the day and Speaker Meira Kumar called for the Question Hour, NDA members were on their feet demanding resignation of Chidambaram.

DMK member T R Baalu was heard demanding a discussion on the Mullaperiyar dam issue in Parliament while some other members trooped into the Well and raised slogans.

BJP members continued to raise slogans 'Griha Mantri Istifa Do (Home Minister resign)' from their seats.

With unruly scenes continuing, the Speaker adjourned the House till noon.

Similar scenes were witnessed when the House met again at 12 noon. After papers were laid and CPI member Gurudas Dasgupta rose to initiate the discussion on price rise, NDA members started shouting and demanded that Chidambaram should step down.

In the Rajya Sabha, NDA members created uproar towards the end of Question Hour prompting Chairman Hamid Ansari to adjourn the House for ten minutes till noon and then again till 2 pm.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, December 08, 2011, 19:25


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