Chidambaram rebukes Jaya's demand;calls it contempt of court

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New Delhi, Jun 14: Emotions are flaring and words seem to be getting less savoury when the two parties involved in the verbal duel are not doing anything to hide their grouse against each other. The old foes, J Jayalalithaa and Home Minister P Chidambaram crossed media space once again when they engaged on a war of words.

Jaya on her maiden visit to Delhi post her election win, slammed Chidambaram saying that he should resign from his post as he had committed "a fraud on the nation". She went on saying that he had got into power by fraudulent means without winning the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

Chidambaram rubbished Jaya's statement and commenting on the tirade launched by Jaya said that her statement was a contempt of court since the Madras High Court was hearing the case on the disputed election victory.

In his statement he said, "Miss Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has the habit of starting on the wrong foot. I have learnt that she has made a statement questioning my election to the Lok Sabha in 2009. She knows that her candidate Sri Raja Kannappan has filed an election petition in Madras High Court which is pending since September 2009. Her statement is therefore gross contempt of court. She has always had utter contempt of court proceedings and hence a statement today is not at all surprising."

The statement further explained, "Besides her candidate Sri Raja Kannappan also contested the May 2011 assembly elections and lost from one of the segments falling within my parliamentary constituency. Perhaps she would say that that election results was also fraudulent."

With the latest comment, the Chidambaram-Jaya spat has turned a new leaf and is expected to get bitter with time.

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