Spectrum scam: Congress goes into huddle, Pranab says no comment

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee stated today that whatever has to be said on the 2G Spectrum controversy will be said in Parliament.

Last Updated: Nov 14, 2010, 15:53 PM IST

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday refused to comment on the 2G Spectrum controversy involving Telecom Minister A Raja, saying
that whatever has to be said will be said in Parliament.

"Parliament is in session. Whatever needs to be said on
Telecom Minister A Raja, will be said in the Parliament,"
Mukherjee told reporters on the sidelines of World Economic
Forum here.

The opposition has been demanding removal of Raja after
the government auditor CAG indicted the minister for not
distributing 2G spectrum in a transparent manner, resulting in a
revenue loss of Rs 1.40 lakh crore to the government besides
another Rs 36,000 crore for allocating additional spectrum to
existing cellular operators.

Earlier during the day, top brass of the Congress,
including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party chief Sonia
Gandhi, held consultations here against the backdrop of the
opposition demand for the removal of Raja from the Union
Cabinet.

Mukherjee and Ahmed Patel, political secretary to the
Congress president, were also present during the deliberations
that took place at Parliament House here.

The leaders were at Parliament House to pay floral
tributes at the portrait of the country`s first Prime Minister
Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary.

The consultations assume significance in the wake of
the opposition, including BJP and the Left, threatening to
continue to stall Parliament if Raja is not removed from the
Union Council of Ministers.

However, Raja has ruled out his resignation, saying he
has done everything according to the procedures set by his
predecessors. His party chief M Karunanidhi has defended him
saying he was not "guilty".

PTI