The Congress on Wednesday stepped up its demand for the resignation of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, saying he must follow his ‘erstwhile client’ and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran leader L.K. Advani.
Congress leader Manish Tewari asserted that Arun Jaitley should resign from his post for a fair probe into the allegations of financial irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).
“Advani had resigned in the wake of the Hawala scam and it’s only after Advani was cleared by the courts and Jaitley incidentally was his lawyer in that matter that Advani came back to the Parliament. So, since the Prime Minister has drawn that analogy, it would be an appropriate thing for Jaitley to follow his erstwhile client, resign from the government, clear his name and then if he is cleared, come back to the government,” Tewari told ANI.
“If the Finance Minister believes in propriety, if he believes he has done nothing wrong, then why is he clinging on to his chair? Every time that an allegation was levelled against somebody, Jaitley was the first person who would stand up and say “Please vacate your chair…resign so that there can be a fair and impartial probe,” he added.
Earlier, in a strong show of support for Jaitley, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the former will come through “with flying colours” against charges of corruption levelled against him by the Opposition.