New Delhi: Amid growing concern within the government as well as the Congress party about the political fallout of the 2G note controversy, Home Minister P Chidambaram, Wednesday, met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
This is the first meeting between the two after the latest controversy suggestive of a tussle between two senior ministers of the UPA government became public. The meeting is being held at Prime Minister’s residence 7, Race Course Road, where he is hosting a lunch for visiting former UK PM Tony Blair.
PM Singh had earlier backed Chidambaram and stressed that he has no doubt about the integrity of his Home Minister.
Meanwhile, all eyes are set on the Supreme Court which is expected to decide whether Chidambaram’s role in the 2G scam should be probed or not.
The controversy erupted after a Finance Ministry note on 2G issue, sent to the Prime Minister’s Office on March 25 this year, emerged. The note stated had Chidambaram insisted the allocation of 2G spectrum in 2008 at 2001 prices could have been stopped, thus preventing the Rs 1.76 lakh crore loss caused to the exchequer.
The note was prepared by a Finance Ministry official and reportedly seen by current Pranab Mukherjee.
However, Pranab Mukherjee – after the controversy erupted - described the Home Minister as a “valued colleague”.
Singh is also expected to meet Finance Minister Mukherjee, before he discusses the issue with Congress president Sonia Gandhi later today.
Importantly, Sonia has already held separate meetings with Chidambaram and Mukherjee
A meeting of the Congress Core Group is also expected to take place this evening, following which a formal statement could be made by the government on the issue.