2G row: PC meets Sonia, offers to ‘resign’

According to sources, the two leaders discussed the finance ministry note on 2G spectrum scam.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Amidst a raging storm over a Finance Ministry note on the role of then Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the allocation of 2G spectrum, the Home Minister met Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

According to reports, Chidambaram reportedly told the Congress president that he does not want to embarrass the party and hence offered to resign over the 2G controversy. However, sources in the Congress party denied that Chidambaram has offered to quit.

The controversial note prepared by a finance ministry official had suggested that the 2G scam could have been averted, had the Finance Ministry then headed by Chidambaram, insisted on the auction route instead of 2001 price for allotment of spectrum.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee also met Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

According to sources, the Finance Minister briefed Sonia Gandhi about his meeting with the Prime Minister as well as explained his ministry’s role in 2G spectrum note controversy involving Chidambaram.

Earlier in the day Mukherjee arrived back in the country from New York.
Asked for his remarks on the matter upon his arrival here, Mukherjee said he would comment on the row only after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is back from the US.

The Finance Minister may also hold a fresh press conference to clear the air.

On Sunday, Pranab had a meeting with the Prime Minister at the New York Palace Hotel regarding the 2G note controversy.
Reports suggested that the Finance Minister handed over all the documents related to the 2G spectrum allocation to Singh during the meet.

It is also learnt that Mukherjee told the Prime Minister that the 2G note was released by the PMO and not his office.
He also warned the Prime Minister that the PMO`s role in the 2G row may come under scrutiny, sources said.

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