New Delhi, May 20 (Calcutta Tube) The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Thursday asked Communication and IT Minister A. Raja, who is facing an enquiry into the 2G spectrum scam, to quit immediately. ‘If the minister refuses to resign, the prime minister should sack him’, the party said.
The CPI-M said in a hard-hitting statement here that the outcome of the 3G spectrum auction convincingly proved that Raja was clearly involved in corrupt practices by selling 2G spectrum to some industrialists by manipulating Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommendations.
‘Whereas 3G spectrum could fetch Rs.70,000 crore, 2G spectrum was sold at a paltry sum of Rs.2,000 crore. Raja had done so by blatantly violating the law, causing a huge loss to the public exchequer,’ the party’s politburo said.
‘Despite repeated demands made in parliament and outside, Raja is nonchalantly continuing to stick to his position. Such a situation cannot be allowed to be continued,’ it said.
The CPI-M demanded that Raja immediately resign from his post ‘pending a high power enquiry into the scam’.
‘If the minister refuses to resign, the prime minister should sack him to maintain the dignity of the high post A. Raja is holding in the government,’ the statement said.