New Delhi: The surfacing of Finance Minister
Pranab Mukherjee`s letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on
2G spectrum allocation on Wednesday led to a political slugfest with
BJP demanding Home Minister P Chidambaram`s resignation and
Congress snubbing it for "jumping to conclusions".
CPI also demanded that Chidambaram`s role as the then
Finance Minister needs to be examined and questioned.
The Telecom Ministry could have gone in for auction of 2G
spectrum licenses had the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram
insisted on this, according to a Finance Ministry document
submitted to the Supreme Court today.
BJP charged that Mukherjee`s letter to the Prime Minister
in the case shows the "complicity" of Chidambaram and demanded
his resignation. The party also alleged that not only UPA
allies but also the Congress were involved in it.
"Ultimately, the cat is out of the bag. It was very
clear from day one that Chidambaram agreed to A Raja`s formula
for 2-G spectrum allocation. If he had stuck to the Finance
Ministry officials position that spectrum should not be
allocated in 2008 at 2001 prices the scam would not have taken
place," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.
He insisted that today`s revelations- through an RTI
reply- have exposed Chidambaram`s complicity in the 2-G
spectrum scam as Finance Minister in UPA-I government.
Javdekar demanded that in the wake of this expose,
Chidambaram should step down from his post.
Lashing out at BJP, Congress accused it of "jumping to
conclusions" on the 2G issue with its demand for Chidambaram`s
"BJP should stop being excited about everything. BJP is
jumping to conclusions. Let us wait for a while if there is
any such report. I have not seen the report," party
spokesperson Renuka Chowdhary said.
CPI national secretary D Raja said," Chidambaram`s
position, morally speaking, is increasingly becoming
"His role as the then Finance Minister needs to be
examined and questioned," he said.