September 29th, 2011
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2G spectrum case: Pranab meets Sonia again

pranab mukherjeeNew Delhi: Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi for the second time in three days in the wake of the 2G issue. Pranab’s consultations with Sonia came a day after his letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh setting out in detail the events surrounding the controversial allocation of spectrum.

Before Pranab’s meeting, Defence Minister A K Antony held talks with Sonia and also her Political Secretary Ahmed Patel, party sources said. Home Minister P Chidambaram had met Sonia earlier this week and the Prime Minister yesterday.

Pranab’s letter has come in the midst of a controversy triggered by the surfacing of a note from a Finance Ministry official suggesting that the 2G scam could have been avoided had Chidambaram, then Finance Minister, insisted on auction instead of giving licences at 2001 prices.

The letter is understood to have detailed the various meetings held on the subject of allocation of 2G spectrum, the correspondence among various Ministries and the events leading to the decision.



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