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Chidambaram’s statement puts Manmohan in a fix

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The Congress on Saturday chose not to respond to the former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s statement that the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should have cancelled 2G licences and spectrum allocation after allegations surfaced that there were wrongdoings. But Mr. Chidambaram’s statement has put Dr. Singh in a tight spot.

While the official spokespersons and media department head Ajay Makken refused to comment on the issue, Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh hinted that Dr. Singh must explain. “I was not in the cabinet. The only person who can respond is Dr. Manmohan Singh,” said Mr Singh.

Mr. Chidambaram said at a book launch on Friday that his suggestion to cancel the licences and spectrum was overlooked. “The Prime Minister should have put his foot down. But the argument against cancellation was that there would be litigations. That would have been better than the adverse the SC judgment that came later,” the former FM said. Mr. Chidambaram said he had not expressed this opinion in Cabinet. “There are various other ways of discussing these things, and I was of the opinion that the government must act before the SC did.”

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