Wednesday, September 28, 2011

PM rules out dissension in cabinet

New Delhi, Sept 27 (IBNS) Ahead of landing in New Delhi where the latest developments in the 2G scam over Home Minister P Chidambaram has created a storm, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said there is not dissension in his cabinet.

Singh reportedly told reporters on board the flight that Union Home Minister P Chidambaram "enjoys my full confidence".

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh earlier celebrated his 79th birthday on Tuesday on board the special aircraft on his way back from USA.

Onboard the aircraft the PM, who was in New York to attend the UN General Assembly, cut cakes with officials and journalists and celebrated the occasion. 

Back home the Union Home Minister P Chidambarm´s name in the 2G turmoil is creating a ruckus even as the Congress said it is only the media creation and the two top ministers- Pranab Mukherjee and Chidambaram- are not at loggerheads over the controversial finance ministry note of this year that said the Union Home Minister could have prevented the scam as then finance minister in 2008.

There were some unconfirmed reports that P Chidambaram on Monday offered to resign from his political chair after meeting party supremo Sonia Gandhi. 

Chidambaram on Monday met 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.

Union Finance Minster Pranab Mukherjee also met Gandhi. He was back from USA on Monday.

Meanwhile, in an apparent opposition to the centre, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probing the 2G licencing scam on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that there is no need to investigate Union Home Minister P Chidambaram´s role in the wake of the controversial finance ministry note.

The centre told the Supreme Court that the CBI would examine Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy´s demand seeking a probe against the Home Minister.

Swamy contended that the CBI has ignored the finance ministry note.

While the government said the new document would be studied, the CBI differing the government said it is an autonomous body and there is nothing new in the finance ministry note.


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