CPI not to support NDA's call to boycott Chidambaram

NetIndian News Network

Delhi, November 22, 2011

The Communist Party of India (CPI) today said that, though the entire Opposition was united on the price rise issue, it did not back the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance's (NDA) move to boycott Home Minister P Chidambaram on the 2G spectrum issue and vowed to "expose" him inside and outside Parliament.

"We are not for boycott of any Minister. There are no made for each other propositions in politics. We know who P Chidambaram is. We will expose him inside and outside Parliament," CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta told reporters outside Parliament House.

Mr Dasgupta denied that his party had a "soft corner" for Mr Chidambaram and said as a member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) looking into the scam, he was trying to find evidence on the 2G issue.

The NDA yesterday announced it would boycott Mr Chidambaram by not allowing him to speak in Parliament, holding him also responsible for the 2G scam.

On the issue of price rise, Mr Dasgupta said his party was ready to discuss it in the Lok Sabha tomorrow. "But, government will have to listen to us. The finance minister is repeating the cyclostyled statement of the finance ministry," he said.

"The economy is almost insolvent, the GDP and production are down and there is threat of retrenchment. The Government has no face, it is shameless," he said.