By- Correspondent| Date- September 24, 2011
Pressure is mounting on the Congress as the party tried to defend union Home Minister P. Chidambaram over his alleged involvement in the 2G spectrum scam, with documents submitted by Dr. Subramian Swamy in the Supreme Court about the matter. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi is reported to have directed top leaders of the party to unite and put up a joint defense.
Reportedly, finance minister and senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee has flown to New York to discuss the situation with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh who is on a 5 day visit to address the United Nations.
The main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been already asking for Chidambaram’s resignation, backing their demand with the finance ministry note to the PMO that he could have stopped the 2G spectrum sale. This note, revealed through a Right to Information (RTI) reply was about the Pranab Mukherjee led finance ministry suggesting that that 2G spectrum licenses would have been auctioned in 2008 if then finance minister Chidambaram had wanted.
The Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) investigating the 2G scam has also asked the finance ministry to submit the note ahead of its meeting next Tuesday, 27th September.
The BJP on the remarked that Chidambaram’s role in the 2G Spectrum scam is “evident” and that the image of government will be hampered if a proper investigation is not ordered into the matter. Even the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was being accused of maintaining of double standards in relation to the 2G spectrum probe, suggesting that the CBI is seen to be keen on questioning former finance minister Jaswant Singh but completely ignoring requests to investigate Chidambaram in spite of strong evidence.
Mentionable that Chidambaram had written a letter on 15th January, 2008, four days after spectrum allocation in which he had closed off the auction as “correct way of giving spectrum”. On the other hand, in its 25th March note to the PMO, the finance ministry stated that Chidambaram could have prevented spectrum from being given away at such low prices by insisting on its auction and that losses worth thousands of crores could have thus been avoided.
The congress was seen making attempts to defend Chidambaram. The party spokesperson Manish Tewari stated that the matter should be left to Joint Parliamentary Committee to investigate.