Uncharitable and unkind to boycott PC: Khurshid

Law Minister Salman Khurshid on Monday said it will be "uncharitable" and "unkind" of the NDA to boycott Home Minister P Chidambaram.

Last Updated: Nov 21, 2011, 21:22 PM IST

New Delhi: Law Minister Salman Khurshid on Monday said it will be "uncharitable" and "unkind" of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to boycott Home Minister P Chidambaram in Parliament for his alleged role in the 2G scam.
"If they have a problem, they should just ask him to share it with them," Khurshid told a TV news channel after the NDA said they will not allow Chidambaram to speak during the winter session of parliament that begins Tuesday.

After its meeting to decide its strategy for the session, the NDA demanded Chidambaram`s resignation and said it will not allow him to speak as he is equally to blame as former telecom minister A Raja in the 2G spectrum allocation scam. Raja is in jail.

Khurshid said Chidambaram has friends on the other side of the house as well. "It will be uncharitable and unkind if those friends don`t give him a chance to at least to explain what he wants to say," he said.

"He has kept a very careful silence and he has been careful with his words. I think it will be a great loss if they stall the house or boycott him. It will be a great loss for all of us on both sides, not just for the government," he added.

The NDA move comes two days after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a case in the allocation of additional spectrum to private telecom firms when the late Pramod Mahajan was telecommunications minister in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. The BJP has been insisting that Chidambaram`s role be probed in the scam as he was finance minister in 2008 during the allocation of scarce spectrum.

IANS