CPI no to NDA call to boycott Chidambaram

New Delhi: CPI today said while the entire Opposition was united on the issue of price rise, it did not support NDA`s move to boycott Home Minister P Chidambaram on 2G issue, saying it would "expose" him inside and outside Parliament. "We are not for boycott of any minister…There are no made for each other propositions in politics. We know who P Chidambaram is. We will expose him inside and outside Parliament," CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta told reporters outside Parliament House.

Denying that his party had a "soft corner" for Chidambaram, he said as a member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) looking into the scam, he was trying to find out evidence on the 2G issue. NDA had on Monday decided to target Chidambaram by boycotting him and not allowing him to speak in Parliament, holding him also responsible for the 2G scam.

On the issue of price rise, Dasgupta said his party was ready to discuss it in Lok Sabha tomorrow. "But, government will have to listen to us…The Finance Minister is repeating the cyclostyled statement of the Finance Ministry," he said. "The economy is almost insolvent, the GDP and production are down and there is threat of retrenchment…Government has no face, it is shameless," he said.