Rubbishing the home minister's contention that reported bugging of Pranab Mukherjee's office was a "non-event", the BJP on Sunday said it was a very serious matter and demanded that the finance minister's letter to the Prime Minister in this regard be made public.
Reacting sharply to Chidambaram saying he did not know about the bugging incident in the offices of the finance minister and his aides, BJP spokesman Ravishankar Prasad said, "While the finance minister takes services of CBDT and foreign investigators before writing to the Prime Minister, the home minister says he was not aware."
Expressing surprise at Chidambaram's statement that he was not aware of the Intelligence Bureau's probe into Mukherjee's complaint about "bugging" of his office in North Block despite the IB being under the home minister, Prasad said, "...It is the biggest comedy of Independent India."
Claiming that Mukherjee suspected bugging in his office and even wrote a letter to the Prime Minister in this regard, he said the BJP wanted the contents of the letter to be made public.
"The letter which the finance minister wrote to the Prime Minister must be made public," Prasad told reporters on Sunday evening, adding that North Block was not the private property of Chidambaram or anybody else.
Prasad also attacked the Congress led UPA Government on the recent hike in kerosene, LPG and diesel.
"Common man is suffering most under the economist Prime Minister. During the past over three years, prices have been spiralling. The latest hike will futher lead to price rise and is inflationary," he said.