Cornered, Cong says FinMin's 2G note a routine communication
Under attack from Opposition over the finance ministry's note on 2G scam, Congress today said it was a "routine" communication and BJP was making a "mountain out of a molehill". The note | Signs of crisis in govtdelhi Updated: Sep 24, 2011 22:39 IST
Under attack from Opposition over the finance ministry's note on 2G scam, Congress on Saturday said it was a "routine" communication and BJP was making a "mountain out of a molehill".
Sources in the party also hinted that the Government would clarify the matter and added there was nothing wrong if a formulation by an official on the issue was sent by the finance ministry to the Prime Minister's Office.
"Any ministry has every right to formulate an opinion on an issue. Opinions are given. The finance minister did not send the forwarded letter. Off course, he did not stop the letter from being sent to the PMO. He should not have even stopped it," a party leader, who declined to be identifed, said.
He also dismissed suggestions that the note "seen" by Pranab Mukherjee before being sent to the PMO pointed towards any rift between two senior ministers of UPA.
Dismissing the controversy in media over the issue as "being blown out of proportion", he said such a trend could discourage officials from speaking their mind on any issue openly.
The leader also refused to find any fault with the home minister on the 2G issue saying the policy change in Spectrum allocation was done much before the Mukherjee or Chidambaram were finance ministers and Raja was the telecom minister.
Speaking separately AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh said "what is being interpreted by the media about the note given by the finance ministry to cabinet secretary and the Prime Minister's Office does not in any case indicts the former finance minister."
Strongly backing Chidambaram, Singh said the RSS has made the home minister a target since he sped up investigations in the terror cases involving people from RSS.
Describing Chidambaram as an "able, competent and man of integrity" Singh said there is no question of any charges against him."
Condemning former finance minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha's statement that the home minister deserves to be in the same cell at Tihar where Raja is lodged, the Congress leader pointed out that it was NDA government, which had changed the policy of allotment of telecom circles from competitive tendering to license fee and revenue sharing
"Did no loss occur due to this? The CAG has also reported on that decision and quantified the loss by change of policy. Should they also not go to Tihar jail by the same logic," he said.