New Delhi. Congress sources suggest that the party has asked Home Minister P Chidambaram to resign from the party and re-launch his regional political party Congress Jananayaka Peravai (Congress Democratic Front), which he had founded in 2001 after breaking away from Tamil Maanila Congress, which itself was a party formed after breaking away from Congress in Tamil Nadu.
The “advice” to Chidambaram was given after a “secret” note written by Finance Ministry appeared to implicate the Chidambaram in the 2G spectrum scam by arguing that Chidambaram, the then Finance Minister, could have insisted on competitive allocation of spectrum and nipped the malpractices in the bud.
“Congress doesn’t want to have any of its leaders name coming up in the 2G scam,” a party source told Faking News, “DMK has been the party to be blamed for it, and if Chidambaram is made a co-accused in the case, he’d be asked to form his own party and become a UPA ally.”
“We want to have a clean image, like Dr. Manmohan Singh’s,” the Congress source clarified.
With Subramanian Swamy on a mission to make Chidambaram a co-accused in the case, Congress is taking no chances and has asked the Home Minister to make all arrangements to regroup his former regional party, which he had merged with Congress after the 2004 general elections.
“Yes, it was a mistake,” the Congress source referred to the merger, “I think we should have taken in his party as an ally; just like we treat Sharad Pawar’s party, another breakaway Congress party. Imagine if NCP (Pawar’s party) is merged with Congress! Oh God!”
The source refused to divulge the relationship Congress will have with Chidambaram’s regional party (if and when it’s re-formed), but he said that the party will be an important ally of the UPA so that communal forces led by BJP don’t come back to power at center.
“Congress is completely against corruption and we have taken all steps to check it. But people have to understand that there are compulsions of coalition politics,” the Congress source repeated what Rahul Gandhi had said early this year.