Opposition stalls proceedings in Parliament, demands Chidamabaram's resignation over role in Aircel deal

   Apr 27, 2:13 pm

New Delhi, April 27 (ANI): Opposition parties stalled proceedings in the Lok Sabha on Friday, forcing an adjournment till 2 p.m. over a demand for Union Home Minister P Chidambaram's dismissal in the wake of allegations that his son, Karti, had invested in telecom company Aircel and illegally benefited to the tune of Rs.26 lakh before the company was taken over by Maxis.

"Chidambaram has indulged in massive corruption. He should be dismissed as Home Minister immediately," BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said.

Chidambaram was not present in the House when the opposition demand was made.

Earlier, Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy, who had charged Karti Chidambaram and his father of wrongdoing on Thursday, said, "I hope the Prime Minister doesn't do what he did the last time and get a review from the Supreme Court or atleast his office get a review from the Supreme Court. And, he will immediately ask Chidambaram to step down, because with Chidambaram, not stepping down, it is not possible for the CBI to do a fair investigation."

Swamy levelled fresh allegations against Chidambaram, accusing him of delaying permission for the sale of Aircel to Malaysia-based Maxis in 2006 when he was Finance Minister so that his son Karti was financially benefited.

Janata Dal (United) chief Sharad Yadav and his party members were on their feet raising issues related to farmers, while Ramesh Rathod (TDP) was seen waving a placard demanding a separate Telangana state.

Speaker Meira Kumar took up the Question Hour even as Opposition members continued to raise slogans. With the Speaker determined to continue with the Question Hour, Opposition members trooped into the Well and began raising slogans.

Several members of the Treasury benches were seen waving the list of Questions at the agitating members signalling them to go back to their seats. The opposition uproar forced the House to be adjourned. (ANI)

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