Tuesday, September 27, 2011

2G scam: Chidambaram offers to quit

New Delhi, Sept 26 (IBNS) Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday offered to resign from his political chair, sucked into the 2G controversy after a controversial note of the finance ministry pointed a finger at him, according to a CNN-IBN report.

Chidambaram on Monday met party supremo Sonia Gandhi at her 10 Janpath residence as the fire-fighting continued in the Congress.

In the 20-minute meeting, Chidambaram explained his stand on the 2G spectrum allocation scam to Gandhi and offered to resign saying he does not want to embarrass the party, reported CNN-IBN.

He cancelled his trip to flood-hit Orissa on Tuesday after the meeting.

Meanwhile, Union Finance Minster Pranab Mukherjee also met Gandhi. He is back from USA earlier Monday.

"Chidambaram is crucial for the party. He is a valued colleague. He is a pillar of strength for the party and the government," Mukherjee told reporters before entering Gandhi´s house.

In the backdrop of the fresh 2G scam that almost pitted the ruling Congress ministers against each other, Mukherjee met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New York on Sunday.

The PM, who is in New York to the attend the UN General Assembly, would return on Tuesday.

Mukherjee after meeting the PM told media that he would not comment on the issue till he is aware of everything and take expert opinion.

The controversy arose after the publication of a finance minister note okayed by Mukherjee in March this year where the ministry indicates that Union Home Minister P Chidambaram as the finance minister in 2008 could have prevented the 2G scam by blocking the policies of then telecom minister A Raja.

"My ministers enjoy my confidence in full," the PM said earlier.

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), auditors of the government, has pegged the 2G allocation loss to the government at around Rs 1.76 lakh crore, making it the biggest financial corruption case in independent India.

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