This was the first time when the two ministers came together publicly since the controversial RTO note reportedly divided the Congress. The RTI report showed that finance minister, Pranab Mukherjee accused Chidambaram of not doing enough to prevent 2G spectrum scam in 2008.
Pranab, while defending himself and his ministry, claimed, "Group of officials prepared inter-ministerial background paper sent to Prime Minister"s Office," and added, "Certain inferences and interpretations made in that note do not reflect my view."
"A background paper was prepared and sent to the PMO. The papers contain certain interpretations. Apart from the factual background, the paper contains certain inferences and interpretations which do not reflect my views. The policy of the government in 2007-2008 was continuation of the policy adopted in October 2003 and as reiterated by TRAI." Pranab said.
Speaking about Chidambaram, the finance minister said, "I am happy with the statement made by my senior and distinguished colleague."