Govt,his party back PC

The Election Commission has declared Chidambaram as elected and that is it.”

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:June 8, 2012 12:56 am

The government and the ruling Congress on Thursday came out strongly in defence of Home Minister P Chidambaram rejecting the Opposition’s demand for his resignation in the wake of the Madras High Court refusing to dismiss an election petition against him.

Law Minister Salman Khurshid dismissed the BJP’s demand for Chidambaram’s resignation saying,“Should the Home Minister get a resignation printed because they demand it on a daily basis or should he give it on the Internet? BJP wakes up in the morning and says that the Home Minister should resign.”

He said media reports were giving an impression of it being a criminal trial,which is not the case. It is only through an election petition that it can be probed whether there is any flaw or wrongdoing in an election,any violation of the election law,said Khurshid.

Backing the Home Minister,AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh said,“What case has he lost? It’s an election petition. He has not lost a case,which has anything to do with his working as the Home Minister.”

Asked about Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s demand for the Home Minister’s resignation,he said,“As far as Jayalalithaa is concerned,it is a political issue. The Election Commission has declared Chidambaram as elected and that is it.”

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