In an attempt to contain the damage amid growing perception of a dispute between him and home minister P Chidambaram over the 2G issue, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee is expected to meet Sonia Gandhi on Monday after returning from New York. According to reports, the finance minister will inform Sonia about his meeting with the Prime Minister in New York. The leaked finance ministry note has given opposition an opportunity to attack the government.
According to media reports, Pranab told the PM in New York that the Prime Minister's Office was behind the leaking of the 2G note, which is the cause of the present controversy. Pranab also told the PM that PMO role too could come under scanner in the case.
Pranab is also expected to meet home minister P Chidambaram in India to further diffuse the tension, according to media reports.
Earler on Sunday, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee said that he would discuss the issue with Chidambaram, his "valued colleague", and law minister Salman Khurshid before making any further comment on a finance ministry note that had suggested lapses on Chidambaram's part in preventing the 2G spectrum scam.
Mukherjee refused to comment on the note, saying he had only read newspaper reports about it. "Some information has come out in the form of a finance ministry communication to the PMO. Unless I talk to the law minister and the home minister, who is a valued colleague, and go through the papers, I can't comment," he said.
Mukherjee, reportedly, feels that many of the documents accessed under the RTI Act are privileged and should not have been in the public domain. "I am not here to satisfy your infinitive inquisitiveness," he retorted when more questions were posed to him.
The BJP has focused its attacks on Singh and Chidambaram, who was finance minister when the scam was underway, accusing them of not having done enough to prevent it.
The finance ministry note, accessed under the RTI Act, has added ammunition to the BJP attack.