Senior BJP leader LK Advani on Monday said the “formal promotion” of home minister P Chidambaram to parity status with finance minister Pranab Mukerjee was a desperate attempt to thwart probe against him in the 2G spectrum scam after the indictment of DMK ministers.
Talking to reporters in Sambalpur, before resuming his Jan Chetna Yatra, Advani said: “Since the inception of the UPA government, there had been a question mark over who is No.1 – Prime Minister Manmohan Singh or Congress president Sonia Gandhi, though there had been any doubt about the answer. But now a question mark had been placed even over who is No.2 in the government.”
Advani said the new pecking order laid down by Singh, which placed Mukerjee on a par with Chidambaram, totally disregarded the fact that the former was the leader of his party in the Lok Sabha.
“In the absence of the Prime Minister, the finance minister is the No.2 in the government. Now it has been demolished,” Advani remarked.
Advani said the Manmohan Singh government’s arrogance of power goes beyond the corruption that was happening right under the nose and with the knowledge of a Prime Minister who prided himself on his alleged integrity.
“The UPA regime has also been busy subverting the federal structure of the Constitution. It has let loose investigative agencies that are supposed to be impartial on non-Congress state governments,” he said.
Advani said that today one former minister and several UPA MPs were behind bars and many more were waiting in the queue outside the Tihar Jail.
“Therefore, we need to bring in systemic changes that ensure clean politics and good governance. My yatra is aimed at arousing the people to seek their involvement to achieving this mission,” he said.
Advani refused to comment on the alleged corruption by the BJD government in Orissa, saying the state unit of the party was raising the issues and unsparing of the government. He did not rule out alliance with the BJD, but said the state unit’s view would be more important on the matter.
Advani, whose Jan Chetna Yatra arrived Orissa on Sunday, is scheduled to address some Public meetings in Angul and Cuttack on Monday.