Accusing Home Minister P Chidambaram of getting himself elected to Parliament through “fraudulent” means, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday said his continuance in the Union Council of Ministers was untenable and sought his resignation. “Our party has always maintained that Mr Chidambaram’s victory was through fraudulent means…his continuance in the Union Council of Minsters is untenable,” Jayalalithaa said at her maiden press conference in New Delhi after assuming office last month. “Mr Chidambaram was never elected to Parliament in 2009. He has played a fraud on the nation. Our party candidate won the election,” she said when pressed further on the issue.
Jayalalithaa was asked a question whether her party has gone “soft” on the case filed by AIADMK candidate Rajakannapan against Chidambaram’s victory in Sivaganga constituency in the 2009 elections. The chief minister alleged that Chidambaram was announced the successful candidate because of a fraud committed by a data entry operator. She also said that Dayanidhi Maran should step down from the Union Cabinet over allegations of quid pro quo in the 2G scam and if he does not do on his own, the Prime Minister should drop him.
Meanwhile, P Chidambaram reacted by saying that Jayalalithaa has the habit of starting on the wrong foot. “Jayalalithaa’s statement (on his election) is gross contempt of court,” said Chidambaram.