No question of Arun Jaitley’s resignation over false charges, says Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

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Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

The BJP led government has categorically ruled out the resignation of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over allegations of corruption in Delhi cricket body, DDCA, which he headed till 2013, as Congress members disrupted proceedings of Rajya Sabha, by demanding his resignation. The party had termed the campaign against senior leader and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as a  malicious one.

“No one will resign,” Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, as the slogan-shouting Congress members demanded Jaitley’s resignation. No one will resign over “false charges” levelled against them, he asserted.

But Congress members continued to shout slogans, forcing two adjournments in the pre-noon session. Jaitley said he was ready to reply to all charges and urged the Chair to ask the Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad to raise a discussion immediately.

“I am not going to live by any vague statements,” Jaitely said, adding “if they have a single statement, let him (Azad) make it right now. I will answer it right now.” He was responding to Azad’s statement that many big allegations including that of a Rs 150 crore fraud, 14 bogus companies being floated and conflict of interest at DDCA, have been in discussion for several days now. Demanding a discussion, Azad said “he (Jaitley) can’t remain on the position.”

Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien said there is a procedure for levelling allegations against a member of the House or a minister and a prior notice to the concerned has to be given. He then went on to expunge all allegations against the finance minister. But Congress members were unrelenting and continued to raise slogans despite being warned not to do so. They instead held placards that read: “First Resign, Then Discussion” and “Caesar’s Wife Should Be Above Suspicion.”

“Why are you allowing all this noise. Ask him to start discussion right now. I will answer it right now,” Jaitley said.

Kurien said the Leader of the House was ready for discussion and the Congress should give notice for discussion.

Arun Jaitley meanwhile has filed a  defamation suit in Patiala house courts against AAP leaders and demanded Rs 10 crores for false allegations levelled against him. In front of the jam packed media and crowds which had gathered at Patiala House courts, Jaitley was accompanied by HRD Minister Smriti Irani, MOS I&B Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and several BJP  leaders.

The next hearing of the defamation issue will be held on January 5, 2016