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#COALGATE Coal tainted PM says it wasn’t me names Patel - Pune Mirror,Pune Mirror

#COALGATE Coal tainted PM says it wasn’t me names Patel - Pune Mirror,Pune Mirror

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What Manmohan told Sonia in crucial August 31 meeting
Coal-tainted PM says it wasn’t me, names Patel
Sonia’s all-powerful political secy Ahmed Patel cut to size after PM’s revelation last fortnight 
Posted On Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 08:52:36 AM
“The time for big bang reforms has come. If we have to go down, we go downfighting.” 
- Manmohan Singh while chairing a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on EconomicAffairs on Friday
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s new combative stance is not limited to Big Bangannouncements like Foreign Direct Investment in retail and aviation. On August 31, the day he returned from the Non Aligned Summit in Tehran, Manmohan Singhmet UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and communicated to her that his office had cleared thecoal block allotment on the recommendation of her political secretary Ahmed Patel.
Changing equations: Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi and Ahmed Patel
Sources close to the development say this has been possibly his boldest political move in this termas Prime Minister and stemmed from his frustration at the drubbing he was getting in the media andthe aspersions being cast on his integrity.Ahmed Patel is one of Sonia Gandhi’s closest aides — he has been her political secretary since2000, and she is known to rely on him greatly in the running of the Congress Party.Washing his hands of the tainted coal block allotment, Dr Singh made it clear to Sonia Gandhi thathe had no role or interest in determining who the beneficiaries should be.As he laid the blame for coal allotment squarely at the Congress’ door, the PM explained that histhen principal secretary T K A Nair had merely coordinated the allotment decision as desired byAhmed Patel.While Nair, who is now an advisor to the PM, was not available for comment, Ahmed Patelcategorically denied having any say in coal block allocation. “I have not made any recommendation,” he said.Sources say the timing of this meeting-just four days after Sushma Swaraj's comment about theCongress earning “mota maal” (fat sum) from coal block allotment — was crucial.While the Prime Minister had countered Sushma in Parliament with a now not-so cryptic coupletabout the virtues of silence (Hazaaron jawaabon se achchhee hai merii Khamoshii/ na jaane kitnesawaalon ki aabroo rakkhe), a livid Sonia Gandhi had lashed out at the BJP for makingunsubstantiated allegations. However after her meeting with thePrime Minister Sonia Gandhi personally reached out to Sushma Swaraj to restore normal functioningof the Parliament.But the biggest fallout of the meeting was Mrs Gandhi’s quick response to the Prime Minister's 
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