Chidambaram, Pranab meet Manmohan over 2G note row
Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and home minister P Chidambaram are meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his 7 Race Course Road residence. The meeting assumes significance in the background of the ongoing 2G note crisis. FM note controversy awaits PM’s arbitration | Read the note | The spectrum sagadelhi Updated: Sep 29, 2011 17:29 IST
Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and home minister P Chidambaram are meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his 7 Race Course Road residence. The meeting assumes significance in the background of the ongoing 2G note crisis. The meeting seems to be an effort to defuse the crisis.
According to media reports, there is no immediate plan of any joint press address by Mukherjee and Chidambaram.
Earlier today, a high level meeting took place at Congress President Sonia Gandhi's residence. Senior Congress leaders AK Antony and Ahmed Patel were among the ones attending the meeting. Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee also joined them at 10 Janpath.
Despite efforts to end the 2G note crisis at the earliest, the UPA seems to be falling in a deeper mess with every passing day. Even more than 30 hours after Prime Minister's return from New York, not many positive developments have taken place.
What remains to be seen is will the Prime Minister's intervention help in ending the crisis the government is facing.
The Opposition BJP has also stepped up its pressure on the government with senior leader Arun Jaitley urging the PM to stop defending home minister Chidambaram. BJP also said that the government seems to be falling under its own weight and they are not making any effort to destablise the government. Video
Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and home minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday took the controversial 2G note issue to the doorstep of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Mukherjee wrote a four-page letter to the Prime Minister to set the record straight that the March 25 note, being attributed to his ministry, was actually an inter-ministerial document supervised by the cabinet secretariat and the prime minister's office. The much-anticipated meeting between Mukherjee and Singh, however, did not take place on Wednesday.
The clarification from Mukherjee only seems to have deepened the crisis for the UPA. Pranab's letter states that the finance ministry note was prepared in consultation with the Prime Minister's Office and was handled by the cabinet secretary. The letter has exposed the Congress defence that the note pointing at Chidambaram's role in the 2G scam was just another note by a junior bureaucrat.
Chidambaram, who had promised not to speak till the return of Singh from the US, continued to maintain silence on the issue. He was present at the lunch hosted by Singh in honour of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.Chidambaram is understood to be in favour of a clarification to put an end to the doubts over his role as then finance minister in the 2G spectrum allocation.
Meanwhile, with no major statement coming from the government, the opposition BJP stepped up its attack. Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, charged the Prime Minister with protecting "tainted ministers."