BJP protests against Chidambaram in Lok Sabha



New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram had the first taste of the BJP-led NDA's boycott of him in Parliament with the Lok Sabha on Tuesday witnessing a brief but sharp protest from the Opposition when he was called to reply to a question.

The entire BJP rose in unison during the Question Hour when Chidambaram started replying to the first question in the Winter session put by Raghuvansh Prasad Singh (RJD).

Chidambaram was seated in the first row next to Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Speaker Meira Kumar, however, adjourned the House till noon as members waved placards and raised slogans on a variety of issues ranging from better prices for cotton to formation of separate Telangana.

NDA had yesterday decided to boycott Chidambaram in Parliament, alleging his involvement in the 2G scam during his tenure as Finance Minister. The NDA wants Chidambaram to quit.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh earlier in the day strongly defended Chidambaram contending that there was no case for NDA's call to boycott the Home Minister in Parliament.

"As far as the boycott is concerned, I sincerely hope that the political parties will resist any such temptation. There is virtually no case for a boycott of the type that has been talked about in the newspapers," Singh told reporters outside Parliament on the opening day of the session.

BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said that the NDA would continue to demand his resignation till he quits. "We are demanding that he resign or we will continue to boycott him," Naidu told media persons.

PTI