The BJP on Tuesday renewed its assault on the government over "criminalisation" of the Cabinet and demanded that all the "tainted" ministers be immediately sacked in the wake of conviction of Coal Minister Shibu Soren in connection with a murder case.
"This is nothing but criminalisation of the cabinet. The government should drop all its tainted ministers, like Soren, in one go," senior BJP leader Vijay Kumar Malhtora said.
His comments followed conviction of Soren by a Delhi court of conspiracy in the kidnap and murder of his former private secretary Shashi Nath Jha twelve years ago.
"Soren has to go. But along with him, others facing criminal charges must be dropped immediately from the Council of Ministers," Malhotra remarked.
He cited the re-induction of the RJD's Jaiparakash Narayan Yadav, who had been booked on criminal charges during the Bihar elections, as a union minister.
"This is a strange phenomenon in the UPA government that it re-inducts those very people as ministers whom it had dropped sometime ago. Let all facing criminal charges be dropped at one go," the BJP leader said.
The issue, he added, would be vociferously raised in Parliament on Wednesday.