BeyondHeadlines Staff Reporter
New Delhi: BJP’s trump card in its campaign against Union Home Minister P Chidambaram is Dr Murli Manohar Joshi. In a new report on 2G spectrum scam prepared by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairperson, sources tell CNN-IBN that references against P Chidambaram have been increased – annexures that build a stronger case against him. While Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s name remains key in the report but the target now quite clearly is the Home Minister himself.
In a fresh bid to get his report adopted by the 21 members of the committee, Dr Joshi circulated a new report with 276 pages of documents the PAC had received from government on 2G spectrum allocation.
CNN-IBN had earlier shown a letter which was a part of the PAC report written by Chidambaram talking about spectrum auction. A letter which is being used by the BJP to suggest that the then finance minister was against the first-come-first-serve system worked out by A Raja. Giving ammunition is Chidambaram’s statement that BJP is targetting him as he has expedited investigation against the right wing groups in terror activities.
The Congress meanwhile outright rejected any possibility of accepting a report returned by the Lok Sabha Speaker.
Earlier on Sunday, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam also slammed the report and said, “The new report deserves to be dumped. Murli Manohar Joshi is playing politics.”
Senior BJP leader SS Ahluwalia on Sunday said, “The report has not been adopted by the committee, what’s wrong in it that he is circulating again to get it adopted.
Dr Joshi’s report is infact being seen as part of a larger BJP game plan. Perhaps for the first time in a long while Dr Joshi is being looked at as a central figure in a key party campaign given the fact that Dr Joshi hasn’t had too many friends within the party.