TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday demanded dismissal of Telecom Minister A Raja from the Union Council of Ministers forthwith for his involvement in the Rs 1.76 lakh-crore 2G spectrum scandal and wondered why the Prime Minister has chosen to remain silent on the issue.
Addressing a press conference at the TDP headquarters here this afternoon, Chandrababu also demanded that the Centre immediately constitute a Joint Parliamentary Committee to probe the 2G spectrum scandal and criminal prosecution be launched against those involved in it.
"A scandal of this proportion is not only mind-boggling but also too scaring even to think of. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's 'silence and inaction' on corruption is becoming a curse for the country," the former AP Chief Minister noted.
"Why is the Prime Minister not acting against Raja even after the Supreme Court questioned his continuance in the Union Cabinet," he asked.
Chandrababu held AICC President Sonia Gandhi responsible for the "unbridled corruption" under the UPA regime and demanded an explanation from her on the issue.
He recalled that the then NDA government under Prime Minister AB Vajpayee remained very firm. "There were no scandals under Vajpayee as the Cabinet was filled with honest ministers. Even if there was any minor issue over corruption, he acted very firmly and arrested the trend," Chandrababu, on who lend support to the NDA, pointed out.