Unfair to Drag Sonia Gandhi in DDCA Mess: Chidambaram

Chidambaram said, unfair to drag Sonia in an alleged attempt to fix Jaitley during UPA regime, accused Modi govt of acting with ulterior motives.

Published: 20th December 2015 06:40 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th December 2015 09:04 PM   |  A+A-


Former union minister and senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram. (File|AFP)


NEW DELHI: Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram today said it was "unfair" to drag Congress president Sonia Gandhi in an alleged attempt to fix Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during the UPA regime and accused the Modi government of acting with "ulterior motives" in the National Herald case.

He said the probe by Serious Frauds Investigation Office (SFIO) into the DDCA affairs was referred by the then Sports Minister Ajay Maken on some complaints he had received.

"I was told by Mr Ajay Maken that when Maken was the Sports Minister, complaints were received and those complaints were referred to the SFIO.

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"I have not read the SFIO report. Therefore I cannot comment. Seems a bit unfair to drag the name of Mrs Gandhi. Mr Maken is in the best place to explain who referred the matter to SFIO," he said.

Chidambaram was commenting on an interview given by Jaitley to a newspaper in which he had alleged that a BJP MP had met Sonia Gandhi during the UPA tenure "and they said they will fix Jaitley."

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Though Jaitley did not name the MP, the newspaper suggested it was Kirti Azad, who has been running a campaign against alleged corruption in the Delhi cricket body DDCA.

On the Congress charge of BJP and Modi government practising vendetta politics against the party, he said if Subramanian Swamy's complaint in the National Herald case was a private one "the government should have said we are completely neutral and we are completely indifferent to what happens to that complaint. BJP leaders and ministers should not have spoken on the matter."


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