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Last Updated : Sep 28, 2011 02:49 PM IST | Source: IBNLive.com

Political battle over 2G: PM on the offensive

Defending the government over the 2G scam, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh went on the offensive. He lashed out at the Opposition saying there is no chance of mid-term polls.


Defending the government over the 2G scam, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh went on the offensive. He lashed out at the Opposition saying there is no chance of mid-term polls.


The political war over the 2G note row is heating up with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh attacking the Opposition upon his return from New York. He has accused the Opposition of trying to force mid-term polls.


The BJP has hit back saying the 2G loot was not the Opposition's creation.


The Prime Minister and Congress president Sonia Gandhi are expected to meet party leaders on Wednesday to defuse the 2G crisis.


Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is expected to set the record straight after meeting the PM. It was Pranab's ministerial note saying that his predecessor P Chidambaram could have chosen to intervene and avert the 2G scam.


Meanwhile, the government and the Congress party have decided to back Chidambaram, worried that not doing so could make the PM and the others vulnerable.


But the BJP has decided step up its campaign against the government, specially Home Minister and the Prime Minister. On Wednesday, Arun Jaitely and Sushma Swaraj will hold a joint press conference.


But it is the government which needs to step up its fire fighting strategy. All eyes are on Pranab Mukherjee whose ministerial note triggered fresh trouble for the UPA. He is likely to meet the PM and clear the air in a press conference soon in which he may dismiss the note as being prepared by a junior officer.


The congress' fear is that matters may not end with Chidambaram's resignation. The evidence of communication between A Raja and Pranab Mukherjee over spectrum allocation could be used to hit the government and the PM hard.

The Congress hopes that the Supreme Court could bring some relief for the government,at least for some time.



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First Published on Sep 28, 2011 08:31 am
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