BJP seeks resignation of Chidambaram, Maran

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New Delhi, June 16 (PTI) BJP today rejected Home Minister P Chidambaram''s "self-certified" non-involvement in the 2G spectrum case and maintained that he should resign from the Union Cabinet.

The party also demanded the resignation of Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran over allegations of a quid quo pro in allocating spectrum to Aircel.

The BJP also brushed aside the explanation and defence made by Chidambaram that it was not former Telecom Minister A Raja, who had told corporate lobbyist Niira Radia of the alleged pay-offs made to him, but RIL group employee K R Raja.

Addressing a news conference here today, BJP national spokesman Prakash Javadekar said "this is not a case of ignorance or innocence, but a classic case of complicity".

Javadekar also said that "contemporaneous evidence is always stronger and credible than subsequent self-serving denials", and negated Chidambaram''s denial on the basis of an apology tendered by RIL Group President V Balasubramanian to him.

He said after initially opposing the allotment of 2G spectrum at 2001-rates, Chidambaram as Finance Minister had put his stamp of approval on the 2G spectrum allocations made by then Telecom Minister A Raja.

Chidambaram owed the nation an explanation on his "sudden change of stand" on the 2G spectrum allocations, he said.

"We stand by our demand for the resignation of Mr P Chidambaram," the BJP leader said.
 
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