In a scathing attack on his former boss and Congress party, India's former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has hit out at then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the multi-billion dollar telecom scam.
Chidambaram has said in a recent interview that Singh should have resigned after the scam broke out and then Congress-led government could have tackled the matter better.
"I think 2G (telecom scam) could have been handled differently in the sense that the Prime Minister could have put his foot down and said I am sorry, I will not let you go forward with the first come first serve (FCFS) route," he said.
Chidambaram added: "Or after licenses had been granted and issue was brought up, he could have said cancel licenses without waiting for the judgment. The government should have canceled all the licenses without waiting for the Supreme Court (judgment)."
The telecom scandal rocked the then Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government, with state auditor pointing out that the scam led to a loss of U.S. 40 billion dollars to the exchequer.