06 December, 2020

Subscript Writers

A note and the conundrums around it underline the power play within the Cabinet

Subscript Writers

Did Pranab ‘Fix’ Chidambaram?

The theory doing the rounds in Congress circles runs something like this:

  • When the March 25, 2011, backgrounder on the 2G scam was sent by the finance ministry to the PMO, ex-telecom minister A. Raja had already been arrested
  • Given the nature of the scam, it's impossible that Pranab Mukherjee would have run a casual eye through the note. He says the objectionable inference wasn’t his. Then whose was it?
  • The controversial observation that PC could have prevented the scam if he had insisted on auctioning spectrum comes on page 10 of the 11-page note
  • Did Pranab Mukherjee, who has a history of differences with Chidambaram, deliberately allow this observation to pass?
  • Did he factor in that once Chidambaram's name was dragged in and he is forced to resign, the next target of the opposition would be the prime minister?
  • Did...


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