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2G scam mishandled by Congress : Chidambaram

New Delhi, Nov8(TruthDive): Congress suffered badly due to the 2G scam and that Manmohan Singh government mishandled it, said ex Finance minister Chidambaram. He was speaking at a book release in the capital. Chidambaram was of the view that Singh should have been stern with Telecom minister A Raja in dealing with the way the 2G licences were awarded. After the scandal broke out. Congress did little to control the damage over the 2G scam, felt Chidambaram. Chidambaram had in a TV interview said Congress in the future could have a President, who is not from the Gandhi clan. Chidambaram’s son Karti, had in an interview blamed the Congress national leadership for not giving a free hand to the State unit. Karti advocated the Kerala model, where the State unit took decisions on its own.

Chidambaram said that when A Raja adopted the first come first served basis to allot spectrum, Singh should have told him that this cannot be done. As that was not done, the next step was when the scam broke out. Singh himself should have cancelled the licenses allotted. Chidambaram said that the matter was not discussed in the cabinet, but in committees and he had suggested that Congress should cancel the allotted license on its own and contain the damage. Though it was heard, the view was that one should wait for the court verdict. Chidambaram said, it was a simple way to rectify a wrong, instead of working out a judgment. Chidambaram’s disclosure backs A Raja’s claim that all his actions on 2G had kept the PM’s office in the loop.

Political analysts say that had Singh cancelled the license , the fallout would have been bad politically for UPA. DMK, which had been batting for Raja would have pulled out as later events show that Karunanidhi’s family were beneficiaries of the scam. Chidambaram camp feels that if UPA had crumbled on taking a stance on corruption, Congress would have done much better and blunted the opposition plank on graft. Chidambaram on an earlier occasion, had disagreed with the Congress supporting AAP to form the government in Delhi. He said that the party did not get the mandate to form the government and should stay away.

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