2G Row: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Says he Will Defend His Minister

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says he will defend his ministers

Reacting to the ongoing controversy over the 2G scam that has embroiled Home Minister P Chidambaram, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said that he will defend his ministers.

“I will defend my ministers,” said the prime minister on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session in New York.

The prime minister also reiterated that he will not resign from his post on the face of allegations of corruption brewing up against his ministers.

On being questioned about the Opposition’s demand for Chidambaram’s resignation, the prime minister said “the business of the opposition is to oppose or depose the government. There is nothing unusual in what they are doing.”

The prime minister also said that he is not bothered by the fact that Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is cutting short his Washington stay to meet him in New York.

“There are lots of things happening in the world. There is a global economic crisis. So he would like to brief me,” said the prime minister.

The prime minister also said that all his minister enjoys his confidence in full measure.

A recent note on the 2G scam from the Finance Ministry noted that Home Minister P Chidambaram, who held the finance portfolio during the time of 2G spectrum auction, could have stopped the scam.

The note has cast doubt on the relations between the home minister and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who has cut short his trip to Washington and rushed to meet the PM in New York.

The home minister had reportedly offered to quit his post, but was asked not to do so by the prime minister who assured him full support.

Reacting to the ongoing controversy over the 2G scam that has embroiled Home Minister P Chidambaram, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said that he will defend his ministers.

“I will defend my ministers,” said the prime minister on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session in New York.

The prime minister also reiterated that he will not resign from his post on the face of allegations of corruption brewing up against his ministers.

On being questioned about the Opposition’s demand for Chidambaram’s resignation, the prime minister said “the business of the opposition is to oppose or depose the government. There is nothing unusual in what they are doing.”

The prime minister also said that he is not bothered by the fact that Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is cutting short his Washington stay to meet him in New York.

“There are lots of things happening in the world. There is a global economic crisis. So he would like to brief me,” said the prime minister.

The prime minister also said that all his minister enjoys his confidence in full measure.

A recent note on the 2G scam from the Finance Ministry noted that Home Minister P Chidambaram, who held the finance portfolio during the time of 2G spectrum auction, could have stopped the scam.

The note has cast doubt on the relations between the home minister and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who has cut short his trip to Washington and rushed to meet the PM in New York.

The home minister had reportedly offered to quit his post, but was asked not to do so by the prime minister who assured him full support.

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