Expressing confidence that the controversy over the Finance Ministry note on the 2G issue will be over soon, Congress on Tuesday dismissed the Opposition’s demand for Home Minister P Chidambaram’s resignation.
Law Minister Salman Khurshid had a meeting with Congress President Sonia Gandhi at her 10 Janpath residence in the afternoon but there was no official word on what transpired there.
Top sources in the party indicated the matter would be resolved shortly and the issue is unlikely to snowball into some major crisis unless there is something very adverse from the Supreme Court, which is hearing the matter.Khurshid and Minister of State in PMO V Narayanasamy had held an hour-long deliberation with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee last night.
Mukherjee and Chidambaram separately had met Gandhi last evening during which they explained their respective positions on the note.
Sources said a final opinion would be taken after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh returns from the US in New Delhi tonight.At the AICC briefing, party spokesperson Rashid Alvi downplayed the controversy saying, “The cup appears to be hotter than the tea. The tea is not that hot…Chidambaram has committed no mistake. There is no question of his resignation.”
He added the controversy is unnecessarily being built around the note while matter is not so big.Khurshid had on Monday said the note has no life and mere a summary.