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

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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 Pranab set his eyes on the prime ministerial chair, should Manmohan Singh come under pressure to quit?

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