PC remarks on FM bugging ‘biggest comedy’: BJP
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Last Updated: Sunday, June 26, 2011, 19:58
Chandigarh: BJP on Sunday hit out at Home Minister P Chidambaram for his stand that the reported bugging of the office of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee was a "non-event", calling it the "biggest comedy" of independent India.

BJP spokesman Ravishankar Prasad while describing the alleged bugging as a serious matter demanded that the Finance Minister's letter to the Prime Minister over this incident be made public.

Reacting sharply to Chidambaram saying he did not know about the bugging incident in the offices of the Finance Minister and his aides, BJP spokesman Ravishankar Prasad said, "While the Finance Minister takes services of CBDT and foreign investigators before writing to the Prime Minister, the Home Minister says he was not aware."

Expressing surprise at Chidambaram's statement that he was not aware of the Intelligence Bureau's(IB) probe into Mukherjee's complaint about 'bugging" of his office in North Block despite the IB being under the Home Minister, Prasad said, "...It is the biggest comedy of Independent India."

Claiming that Mukherjee suspected bugging in his office and even wrote a letter to the Prime Minister in this regard, he said the BJP wanted the contents of the letter to be made public.

"The letter which the Finance Minister wrote to the Prime Minister must be made public," Prasad told reporters, adding that North Block was not the private property of Chidambaram or anybody else.

Chidambaram yesterday dismissed as "feverish and hyperactive imagination" allegations of civil war between him and the Finance Minister and termed the reported bugging in his office as a "non-event".

BJP leader Murli Manohar meanwhile to a question on BJP targetting Chidambaram while earlier he was compared to Sardar Patel said, "The party has never officially given any certificate of efficiency or good governance to Chidambaram. We have never accepted him as the second Sardar Patel."


First Published: Sunday, June 26, 2011, 19:58

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