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Cong to fight critics with book on spectrum issue

Atul Mathur, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 29, 2010
First Published: 00:50 IST(29/12/2010) | Last Updated: 00:53 IST(29/12/2010)

In a face saving exercise, albeit a little late, the Congress party in Delhi may come out with a booklet explaining the 'reality of the 2G spectrum issue' and how the Congress government at the Centre had not done "anything wrong".

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In a meeting with senior Delhi Congress leaders, including Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, her six cabinet colleagues, and elected members of the Parliament from Delhi and elected members to Assembly at the official residence of the chief minister, telecom minister Kapil Sibal "explained the nitty-gritty of the issue".

The booklet, said Congress leaders, would explain the 2G spectrum controversy in "detail" so that even an ordinary citizen could understand it.

In the wake sustained campaign by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) asking the government to form a joint parliamentary committee, Kapil Sibal said the Congress should not be "apologetic" about the controversy surrounding 2G spectrum allocation and should confront the "BJP propaganda aggressively".

Sources in the Congress said Sibal explained to the Delhi Congress leaders that the loss of Rs. 1.76 lakh crore computed by the Comptroller and Auditor General was only "presumptive" and the ongoing probe will clear all the doubts from the minds of the public.

Congress leaders present at the interaction, whoever, said they were not convinced with the explanation offered by the minister.

"He actually educated us on the whole subject and told us to counter the allegations made by the BJP. But the public has already made an opinion on the issue and the party's image has got a severe beating," said an MLA, requesting unanimity.

"We have been asked to educate the party workers at the mandal and block level," another MLA said.


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