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Joshi demands Chidambaram's ouster

Special Correspondent

Alleges his involvement in financial irregularities

JAIPUR: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Murli Manohar Joshi has demanded the dismissal of Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram for his alleged involvement in the financial irregularities in the allocation of 2G spectrum and the K-G (Krishna-Godavari) basin gas field development project, both of which were cleared during his tenure as Finance Minister. Dr. Joshi also demanded that the Centre come clean on the findings of the yet-to-be tabled special audit of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on the K-G basin gas project.

The questionable aspect of the K-G basin project, said Dr. Joshi, was that the allocation for the development of the gas fields was raised to a whopping Rs.45,000 crore from Rs.12,000 crore, and no valid reasons were offered. “How could the government have given away this kind of amount? The Finance Minister and the then Finance Secretary and the Empowered Group of Ministers are answerable in this regard,” he said. He was speaking at the Birla Auditorium here.

When, he said, the auction on 3G fetched an income of Rs.2 lakh crore for the government, the 2G auction would have provided a substantial amount as well. It was Mr. Chidambaram, who, on January 15, 2009, five days after the allocation of 2G spectrum licences, had suggested that the chapter be “deemed closed”, Dr. Joshi said.

The Empowered Group of Ministers allowed one private company to sell the gas from the K-G basin at Rs.4.20 per BTU (British thermal unit) while the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation initially allowed the selling price of Rs.1.80 per BTU. “The customers were thus burdened because the government wanted to favour a private company,” he said.

“Mr. Chidambaram was Finance Minister at the time of both the controversial deals. Later, he was made the Home Minister and we all know how his Ministry goofed up the list of most-wanted terrorists given shelter by Pakistan,” Dr. Joshi said. He alleged that the United Progressive Alliance government was trying to suppress the PAC report.

“This government is a promoter, supporter and protector of corruption. In the PAC, our duty is to protect the interests of the common man. We will continue unearthing anomalies and irregularities which are costing the public money,” he said.

In order to stop the misuse of the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Comptroller and Auditor General and the post of the Chief Vigilance Commission (CVC), Dr. Joshi suggested these appointments be made by panels, in which the Leader of the Opposition also would be a member, headed by the Prime Minister.

Dr. Joshi refused to comment on the developments in the BJP unit in Maharashtra, where senior leader Gopinath Munde was on the verge of quitting the party. He also did not respond to a query on the mercy petition filed by Pakistani doctor Mohammed Khalil Chisty, who is lodged in Ajmer Central Jail.

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