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Not quitting: Pranab Mukherjee

Union Finance Minister rubbishes reports that he offered to resign over 2G issue

Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee yesterday rubbished reports that he had offered to resign over his ministry's note on the 2G issue.

"These are all bunkum. If you don't have any serious question then I am sorry," Mukherjee said, in response to queries whether he had offered to resign over the controversy over the note on 2G issue to Prime Minister's office.


Pranab Mukherjee

Last week the Congress-led government buried a flaming row over a finance ministry note that linked Home Minister P Chidambaram to the 2G scandal, with Mukherjee denying the document reflected his views on the 2008 spectrum allocation.

In a bid to show that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) was united, Mukherjee read out a prepared statement outside his North Block office. He was flanked by a grave-looking Chidambaram and cabinet ministers Salman Khurshid and Kapil Sibal.

Political storm
A storm brewed in Delhi for the last few weeks after a note sent to the PMO by finance ministry in March suggested that the spectrum allocation could have been auctioned had Chidambaram, as the then finance minister, insisted on this.

Since the note became public, Chidambaram has been under attack for alleged links with the spectrum scandal that has landed a former cabinet minister and several others in prison. The opposition asked him to quit.Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee yesterday rubbished reports that he had offered to resign over his ministry's note on the 2G issue.

"These are all bunkum. If you don't have any serious question then I am sorry," Mukherjee said, in response to queries whether he had offered to resign over the controversy over the note on 2G issue to Prime Minister's office.

Last week the Congress-led government buried a flaming row over a finance ministry note that linked Home Minister P Chidambaram to the 2G scandal, with Mukherjee denying the document reflected his views on the 2008 spectrum allocation.

In a bid to show that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) was united, Mukherjee read out a prepared statement outside his North Block office. He was flanked by a grave-looking Chidambaram and cabinet ministers Salman Khurshid and Kapil Sibal.

Kolkata:
A storm brewed in Delhi for the last few weeks after a note sent to the PMO by finance ministry in March suggested that the spectrum allocation could have been auctioned had Chidambaram, as the then finance minister, insisted on this.

Since the note became public, Chidambaram has been under attack for alleged links with the spectrum scandal that has landed a former cabinet minister and several others in prison. The opposition asked him to quit.

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