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Chidambaram condemns Jaya's statement on Sonia
March 25, 2006 12:59 IST
Reacting strongly on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's statement on Congress president Sonia Gandhi's resignation as member of Parliament and National Advisory Council chairperson, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram Saturday said it revealed her "pathological hatred" for Sonia.
In a statement in Chennai, he said of all comments by political leaders on the resignation, Jayalalithaa's was the most extraordinary.
Chidambaram recalled the 2001 Assembly poll when her nominations from four constituencies were rejected by returning officers. "She did not challenge the rejection either before or after the elections. She simply got herself elected as leader of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Legislature Party and persuaded the governor to swear her in as chief minister," he said.
It was perhaps the most brazen violation of the Constitution in recent history and it required a judgement of the Supreme Court to remove her from the office of chief minister, Chidambaram added.
The Union minister said when a complaint was made against Sonia on conflicting news about the office of profit issue, instead of taking a litigious course, she took the politically correct decision of resigning and announcing her intention to go back to the people of her constituency.
The people of India were the final judge, he said adding, when the verdict from Rae Bareli will come, the hollowness of Jayalalithaa's criticism would be exposed.
The AIADMK supremo in a hard-hitting statement in Chennai Friday termed Sonia's resignation a "Hobson's choice" saying she had made a virtue out of necessity. She would have been disqualified, she added.
She charged that a high drama of sacrifice had been enacted, knowing that an ordinance merely to protect Sonia's position would draw severe flak and not pass muster.