Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) supremo M Karunanidhi on Friday voiced his support to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and said he should not quit from his post.
Karunanidhi´s remarks come a day after the Madras High Court on Thursday ruled that the case against Chidambaram challenging his election in 2009 in Lok Sabha polls will continue.
The DMK patriarch said Chidambaram does not to resign from his post and that charges levelled against him should be proven first.
"There is no need for Chidambaram to resign. Only charges were levelled. They should be first proved beyond doubt," Karunanidhi told media.
Pertinently, the DMK is a key ally of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.
Chidambaram´s victory in the polls in 2009 from the Sivaganga constituency was challenged by his rival AIADMK contender Raja Kannapan who alleged that the narrow margin win was through manipulation of votes.
The High Court said the case against him will continue though it removed two allegations against him, including the charge of corrupt practices. There were some 29 allegations against him.
The Madras High Court refused to quash the case. Chidambaram had wanted its dismissal.
Opposition leaders Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) chief J Jayalalithaa and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari demanded for Chidambaram´s resignation on Thursday.
However, Chidambaram said he will not step down from the post.
He said the ruling is a setback to the petitioner and that he will not resign as Union Home Minister.
"There is no question of resigning. The court order is not a setback for me but for the petitioner," Chidambaram told reporters on Thursday.
He said he was astonished by the "monumental ignorance displayed by certain political leaders."
Chidambaram defeated his AIADMK opponent by 3,354 votes officially, but AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa maintained that he never won the polls.
Chidambaram was first declared defeated by Rajakannapan by around 3,000 votes but on recount he won.
The Congress defended Chidambaram over the issue amid huge uproar by opposition parties for his resignation.
Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh said: "It is an election petition. He has not lost any case that has got anything to do with his functioning as Home Minister."
Slamming BJP, Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid said: "BJP asks him (Chidambaram) to resign everyday."