New Delhi: Refusing to buy the argument that
the remarks on P Chidambaram in the 2G note was the handiwork of a single officer, CPI(M) Friday demanded the resignation of the Home Minister alleging that it clearly showed that he gave
the nod for a policy which led to a loss to the exchequer.
"It is not the work of any single officer or ministry.
Therefore, P Chidambaram has to take responsibility for his
action. The Polit Bureau demands that he resign from the Union
Cabinet," CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat told
reporters here after the Polit Bureau meeting.
The party Polit Bureau said the explanation provided by
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee underlined the
"authoritative nature" of the conclusions that have been drawn
as the inter-ministerial note was prepared with inputs from
various ministries and coordinated by the Cabinet Secretary.
The Finance Ministry note of March 25, 2011 had said that
the 2G scam could have been avoided had Chidambaram, the then
Finance Minister, insisted on auctioning of spectrum instead
of giving it on 2001 prices.
Seeking to put an end to the controversy, Mukherjee
yesterday clarified that the remarks against Chidambaram were
not approved by him.
The CPI(M) said the note forwarded by the Finance
Ministry to the Prime Minister`s Office has clearly
"delineated the role" played by Chidambaram at that time in
going along with the policy and the implementation of it by
the then Telecom Minister A Raja