CHENNAI: After a gap of three months, AIADMK general secretary and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday renewed her demand that Union Home Minister P Chidambaram should resign from his post, this time around for a different reason — his alleged involvement in the 2G spectrum scam. On June 14, during her visit to New Delhi, Jayalalithaa had demanded Chidambaram’s resignation on the ground that he was elected to Parliament from the Sivaganga constituency through fraudulent means.
When asked about the reported note from the Finance Ministry to the Prime Minister’s Office stating that Chidambaram could have insisted on spectrum auction, she said, “It is quite clear that Chidambaram is deeply involved in the 2G spectrum scam which, according to the CAG report, had caused loss of over `1.76 lakh crore to the exchequer.” Jayalalithaa said Chidambaram should immediately resign from the post or, the PM should immediately drop him from the Union Cabinet and the CBI should proceed against Chidambaram as they did against former Telecom Minister A Raja.She declined to comment on DMK’s claim that the note could help Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi, now in Tihar jail, in their defence. “I don’t want to comment on that. I will stop with whatever I have said,” she said.In a document submitted to the Supreme Court, the Finance Ministry had said that the Telecom Ministry could have gone in for auction of 2G licences had the then Finance Minister Chidambaram insisted on it.Chidambaram is the second minister in the UPA government whose resignation Jayalalithaa has sought. She has already demanded the resignation of Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran for his alleged involvement in the telecom licencing issue.