Why is PM defending Chidambaram? Asks BJP

BJP leader Ravishankar Prasad questioned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s decision of defending Chidambaram.

Last Updated: Sep 23, 2011, 15:44 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The BJP once again targeted P Chidambaram, Friday, and demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the alleged role of the Home Minister in 2G spectrum allocation scam.

Addressing a press conference here, BJP leader Ravishankar Prasad questioned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s decision of defending Chidambaram.

Ravishankar wondered whether the Prime Minister was defending the Home Minister so that the 2G probe doesn’t reach the Prime Minister’s Office.

Further hitting out at Dr Singh, Prasad questioned the alleged lack of action on Pranab’s note to the PMO, adding that the Prime Minister should come forward and explain.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee had yesterday acknowledged that existence of such a note sent from his ministry to the Prime Minister`s Office (PMO) saying that airwaves for telecom could have been auctioned in 2008 if his cabinet colleague P Chidambaram had wanted.

In the note, the finance ministry says Chidambaram could have prevented spectrum from being given away at throwaway prices by insisting on its auction -- alluding that presumptive losses worth thousands of crores could have thus been avoided.