Pranab bowed to pressure from head of family: BJP
Insisting that the controversy over the Finance Ministry note on 2G issue with inferences against P Chidambaram is not over, BJP on Monday said Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has bowed to wishes of the "head of the family".
New Delhi: Insisting that the controversy
over the Finance Ministry note on 2G spectrum issue with
inferences against P Chidambaram is not over, BJP on Monday said
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has bowed to wishes of the
"head of the family" and asked him to clarify where he
disagreed with it.
Joining issue with Law Minister Salman Kurshid on his
comments that the March 25, 2011 note was merely an office
memorandum, senior BJP leader and PAC Chairperson Murli
Manohar Joshi today found several loopholes in his contention.
"Salman Kurshid has said all is well, and the note was
just an office memorandum. He has also said that what A Raja
was doing was as per the policy, nothing against. He maintains
that the then finance minister did not do any wrong. After
all, how could a finance minister alone change the policy; it
is a matter to be decided by the Cabinet," Joshi said.
The BJP leader quoted Mukherjee`s comments on the note
and that he did not agree with the inferences.
"Pranab Mukherjee has said that the document is right
but he does not agree with the inferences. First of all, we
would like to ask what inferences does he not agree with?
Where does he disagree? Which inference? Is there any
inference in it?" Joshi said.
He described the Finance Ministry note as a "perfectly
valid document" which had followed the rules of procedure set
for preparing an office memorandum.
Asking why Mukherjee agreed to a truce if does not
agree with the inferences, Joshi said the minister seems to be
in agreement with the note but bowed down to "pressure of the
circumstances and of the head of the family", an apparent
reference to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who had
intervened to bring about a reconciliation.