2G: PM rubbishes news of in-fighting in UPA;says all is well

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PM Manmohan Singh
New York, Sept 23: With the 2G spectrum scam hitting the ruling UPA government badly, the latest rift between Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister has only added insult to injury. With the controversial note written by Mukherjee on Chidamabaram grabbing the limelight, the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who is on an official trip to the US has shown "full faith" on Chidamabaram and rubbished rumours of the fight between Mukherjee and Chidambaram.

Speaking to reporters on the flight from Frankfurt to New York, the PM expressed confidence on his cabinet and said there was no in-fighting whatsoever. He said, "As far as Mr Chidambaram is concerned, he enjoyed my confidence as finance minister and continues to inspire my confidence as home minister."

Manmohan Singh added that he was not aware of the controversial note, but stressed, "I have full faith in him (Chidambaram)... And in any case, I don"t want to interpret this as a fight (between Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Chidambaram)."

The PM was accompanied by National Security Advisor S S Menon and other PMO officials. On the controversial 2G issue, the PM commented, "The (2G) matter is before the court and is, therefore, sub judice and I would not like to comment on the subject one way or the other."

Meanwhile, in the eye of the storm, Chidamabaram seem to be taking a calculated stand on the issue and in a written statement said, "The Prime Minister called me last night from Frankfurt and spoke to me. The Finance Minister called me from Washington and spoke to me. I have assured the Prime Minister that I shall not make any public statement on the subject until he returns to India."

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