Govt defends PC as Oppn questions his statement on son

As the BJP and AIADMK tried to pin down the government over P Chidambaram's statement in the Lok Sabha on the Aircel-Maxis deal

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:May 12, 2012 12:44 am

As the BJP and AIADMK tried to pin down the government over P Chidambaram’s statement in the Lok Sabha on the Aircel-Maxis deal,Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Bansal asserted on Friday that the Union Home Minister was well within his rights to clear the air on the “reckless” allegations.

BJP and AIADMK members sought to disrupt the Lok Sabha proceedings as soon as it assembled,over the issue of an adjournment motion moved by AIADMK leader M Thambidurai on the Aircel-Maxis deal.

With the Chair denying permission,BJP members were on their feet. “Yashwant Sinha had raised an issue on Thursday seeking a response from Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. But,instead of Mukherjee,Finance Minister P Chidambaram made a personal explanation where he read out a statement on behalf of his son and also invoked Jesus Christ. He did it in complete violations of rules of business,” Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj said.

In an apparent attempt to defuse the situation,Mukherjee offered to answer the issue raised by Sinha on Thursday. Swaraj replied that while she was ready to listen to the Finance Minister,she still held objections against Chidambaram’s statement.

Bansal asserted that the minister did not violate any rules: “Irresponsible and reckless allegations were hurled against him without any prior notice. It (Chidambaram’s statement) was very much necessary and he categorically denied all allegations.”

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