New Delhi: Otherwise appearing soft on Congress, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday attacked Home Minister P Chidambaram and demanded his resignation for his "fraudulent victory" in the Lok Sabha election but he hit back saying her remarks were "gross contempt of court".

"Our party has always maintained that Mr Chidambaram's victory was through fraudulent means...his continuance in the Union Council of Minsters is untenable," she told a press conference here.

"Mr Chidambaram was never elected to Parliament in 2009. He has played a fraud on the nation. Our party candidate won the election," she said.

Jayalalithaa was asked a question whether her party has gone "soft" on the case filed by AIADMK candidate Rajakannapan against Chidambaram's victory in Sivaganga constituency in the 2009 elections.

The Chief Minister alleged that Chidambaram was announced the successful candidate because of a fraud committed by a data entry operator.

Jayalalithaa was carping in her criticism of Chidambaram while she chose to be soft on Congress and the central government in response to various questions.

Jaya’s statement 'gross contempt of court'

Hitting back at Jayalalithaa, Home Minister P Chidambaram dismissed her statement demanding his resignation on the ground he was elected in "fraudulent" manner in 2009 Lok Sabha polls calling it a "gross contempt of court".

Referring to her remarks in a press conference here on the issue, he said "she knows that her candidate Rajakannappan has filed an election petition in the Madras High Court and that is pending since September 2009. Her statement is therefore in gross contempt of court."

The Home Minister said that Jayalalithaa has the habit of "starting on the wrong foot" and "she has always had utter contempt for court proceedings and hence her statement today is not at all surprising".

He said Rajakannappan had also contested the Assembly elections last month and lost from one of the segments falling under his parliamentary constituency Sivaganga.

"Perhaps, she would say that that election result was also fraudulent," he said.

Jaya's statement on PC 'uncontrolled'

Coming out in defense of Chidmabram Congress dismissed as "uncontrolled" Jayalalithaa's statement seeking the resignation of Home Minister for allegedly getting himself elected to Parliament through "fraudulent" means.

"How can any party give its reaction on such an uncontrolled statement? The person concerned will respond", AICC General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi told reporters.

The reaction of Dwivedi, who is also head of the Congress Media department, came after Jayalalithaa said Chidambaram's continuance in the Union Council of Ministers was untenable.

Later, Chidambaram dubbed as "gross contempt of court" Jayalalithaa's charge. "She knows that her candidate Rajakannappan has filed an election petition in the Madras High Court and that is pending since September 2009. Her statement is therefore in gross contempt of court."

Jaya meets PM, asks to drop Maran

In her first visit to the national capital after landslide victory in the state assembly polls, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his residence and addressed her maiden press conference on Tuesday after assuming office.

Accusing Union Home Minister P Chidambaram of getting himself elected to Parliament through "fraudulent" means, Jayalalithaa said his continuance in the Union Council of Ministers was untenable and sought his resignation.

"Our party has always maintained that Mr Chidambaram's victory was through fraudulent means...his continuance in the Union Council of Minsters is untenable," Jayalalithaa told reporters.

"Mr Chidambaram was never elected to Parliament in 2009. He has played a fraud on the nation. Our party candidate won the election," she said when pressed further on the issue.

Jayalalithaa also alleged that Chidambaram was announced the successful candidate because of a fraud committed by a data entry operator.

She also sought Dayanidhi Maran’s resignation over allegations of quid pro quo in the 2G scam and if he does not do on his own, the Prime Minister should drop him.

On whether there was a possibility of Congress and AIADMK coming together again, Jayalalithaa said the DMK and Congress continue to be partners and both parties have been maintaining their alliance.

Asked whether she was open to the idea of aligning with the Congress in the event of the DMK walking out, she said, "I cannot answer hypothetical questions."

To a question whether she would meet Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, she said, “Congress still has an alliance with the DMK and Congress and DMK continue to be partners in the coalition government at the Centre.”

"In such a situation, it would be not be appropriate for me to call on Sonia Gandhi,” she added.

To a volley of questions on whether Congress and AIADMK could come together again and whether her offer of support to Congress made in November, 2010 is still open, she said the situation has completely changed since then.

"Much water has flown down the bridge. The offer was made in a different situation," she said.

Earlier, during her meeting with the Prime Minister, she proposed sending a delegation of Tamil Nadu MLAs to Sri Lanka to see for themselves the condition in which Sri Lankan Tamils displaced due to the decades-old civil war are living.

(JPN/Agencies)