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    P. Chidhambaram included in 2G Spectrum scam


    P. Chidhambaram included in 2G Spectrum scam

    Central Government’s Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s office sends a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying that the present Home Minister P. Chidambaram is involved in 2G spectrum scam. When P Chidhambaram was the Minister of Finance, he didn’t stop the illegal activities of Telecommunication Minister A. Raja (now he is in jail). It means that he silently support the Raja’s activities of corruption. Central Investigation Bureau (CBI) is continuously trying to avoid the involvement of Manmohan Singh & P Chidhambaram in 2G Spectrum scam. Because, CBI is under control of P Chidambaram, who is the head & Minister of the Home portfolio. India’s audit department CAG is reported that the Govt. has lost Rs. 1,76,00,000 crore under this scam. The huge scam amount is goes to DMK (R Raja’s party) and also the ruling party of Congress. The real robbers are in Congress party, there is only jailed the small fishes for cheating the ordinary people. So CBI didn’t not ready to enquire on the involvements of Congress top leaders like Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, P. Chidambaram, Ahmed Patel etc.

    Chidambaram should resign or be dismissed, says BJP

    Referring to Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's letter to the Prime Minister in the 2-G spectrum case, BJP today alleged that Home Minister P Chidambaram was involved in the scam and demanded that he should resign or else be sacked immediately.
    ''The Finance Ministry officials were telling the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram to go for auctions. Why was it not done?.... There are clear contradictions here. I strongly demand that either Chidambaram should resign or he should be dismissed forthwith,'' senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi told reporters.

    Citing several ''anomalies'' in the process of 2-G spectrum allocation, Joshi sought to know why Prime Minister Manmohan Singh did not take timely action to prevent the scam.
    ''It is most disgraceful that a Finance Minister (Chidambaram) has pushed the country into a scam..... The Prime Minister should also answer why he was so easily misled. Everything was in his knowledge,'' Joshi said.

    BJP further demanded that the ''exact quantum of loss'' to the country due to this scam should be determined by the present Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and made public. He said CBI should also inquire into the role of Chidambaram in the scam.
    ''I also want to ask CBI that despite so much evidence being there against Chidambaram, why did it not question him on his involvement,'' Joshi said.

    He also asked Mukherjee to speak out about his letter to the Prime Minister, saying only the scam is sub-judice and not this document. Joshi alleged that Chidambaram, who was at the ''helm of affairs'' as Finance Minister, was ''clear that there should be no auctions''.
    Referring to reports today that Prime Minister Singh has asked Chidambaram not to act in haste, the BJP leader said there has already been a lot of delay and Chidambaram should own up responsibility and quit.

    Posing several questions on the anomalies in the process adopted by UPA-I in 2-G spectrum allocation, Joshi said the suggestion that the matter be put up before the concerned Group of Ministers was also not followed.

    Insisting that as per the rules, the Telecom and Finance Ministries had to jointly take the decision of whether to go for first-come-first-serve or auction, he said the latter was equally culpable.

    Joshi, who as PAC chairperson, has looked into the 2-G spectrum issue in detail, said the use of spectrum and entry fee for the licensee were the ''crux'' of the whole issue.
    ''The entry fee is determined on the basis of size of the market, the number of users and so on. There is also an improvement in technology over a period of time. Spectrum cannot be sold in 2008 at 2001 prices,'' he said.

    BJP also sought to know what Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal has to say in the light of this new letter. ''Sibal had earlier said there was zero loss. What happens to that statement now?'' he asked.

    Joshi alleged that the UPA-II is steeped ''neck deep in corruption'' and now the ''needle of not just suspicion but certain role points towards the then Finance Minister'' (Free Press Journal)

    Sudhir Neerattupuram

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