Parliament adjourned for 2nd day over Chidu's misuse of office
Both the houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day after the Opposition disrupted the proceedings demanding Home Minister P Chidambaram's resignation.
Both houses of Parliament were adjourned today following Opposition's demand that Chidambaram should resign over alleged misuse of office. A Delhi-based newspaper had reported on Chidambaram's alleged links with a city hotelier and how the home minister directed the Delhi Police to withdraw three FIRs against the hotelier.
Earlier, both Houses were adjourned till 12 noon today soon after meeting at 11 am.
But, as soon as both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha reconvened in the noon, members of the Opposition trooped into the well demanding Chidambaram's resignation.
While BJP members were on their feet shouting slogans against Chidambaram, Shiv Sena members displayed newspaper clippings and placards which said “Sack Chidambaram”.
Samajwadi Party members also walked into the well demanding action against the Mayawati government for allegedly misusing Central funds meant for development of the Bundelkhand region.
Meanwhile, similar scenes were witnessed when the House started its proceedings for the day forcing Speaker Meira Kumar to adjourn the House till noon.
The same issues rocked the Rajya Sabha with Shiv Sena members demanding dismissal of the Karnataka government while the NDA members shouted slogans seeking Chidambaram's removal.
In the Rajya Sabha, as soon as Chairman Hamid Ansari called for Question Hour, Shiv Sena members raised the issue of alleged atrocities by the Karnataka government against Marathi-speaking people living along the Karnataka-Maharashtra border.
Led by Manohar Joshi, Shiv Sena members trooped into the well and alleged that the Karnataka government has failed to ensure the safety of those people. They demanded that the Karnataka government be dismissed.
On the other hand, BJP members demanded Chidambaram's resignation.
Though Ansari appealed for normalcy, BJP members were on their feet shouting slogans against the minister.
As the din continued, the chairman adjourned the House for the day.
Since the news of Chidambaram's alleged misuse of office has been brought to public domain, the BJP has maintained they will not let the Parliament function unless either the home minister resigns or the prime minister dismisses him.
"Chidambaram has misused his office. He is not only guilty of improper conduct, he is himself guilty of a criminal offence. A criminal cannot be the home minister of the country. Therefore, the BJP has demanded that the prime minister must dismiss him immediately." BJP leader Yashwant Sinha had said last evening.
After the case of quashing of FIRs and a possible conflict of interests was brought to his notice Lt Governor, Delhi, Tejinder Khanna revoked the earlier decision not to press for prosecution.
The Opposition has been boycotting Chidambaram since the Winter Session began, over his alleged role in the 2G spectrum allocation case. The Opposition maintains that Chidambaram was aware of Raja's designs and colluded with Raja in the 2G spectrum allocation.
"An FIR was registered on the complaint of a private party against another private party, and I don’t see how the home ministry can intervene in a matter like that and ask that it be withdrawn," Janata Party President Subramaniam Swamy said.
Meanwhile, the home ministry passed the buck to the Ministry of Law, and claimed that actions taken were based on the latter's recommendations.
“When the file was submitted to the home minister, he (Chidambaram) noted on May 4, 2011 that MHA should not give any direction and MHA may only convey the advice of the Ministry of Law,” CNN-IBN TV channel quoted Home Ministry’s joint secretary M Gopal Reddy as saying. The Opposition alleges that Gupta is a former client of Chidambaram, and in the past has been represented by the home minister in various courts.
Reddy said that the home minister could not remember if he had ever represented Gupta.
The Parliament is set to reconvene on Monday.
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