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    Default Fearing row, Pawar quits as telecom EGoM head

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    Fearing attempts to drag him into controversies, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Monday rescued himself from heading the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on telecom, three days after he replaced Pranab Mukherjee in the job.

    Pawar, who was to chair the first meeting of the reconstituted EGoM on Monday, first postponed the meeting and then wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recalling how attempts were made to drag him in the controversy surrounding the allocation of 2G spectrum and that it would be appropriate for him to recuse himself from heading the EGoM.

    The Prime Minister has agreed to "relieve me from the responsibility of Chairman of EGoM on vacation of spectrum and auction of 3G spectrum and to look into grant of license and allocation of spectrum in 2G band in 22 service areas," he said in a statement

    "I am thankful to the Prime Minister of India for giving me the responsibility of heading the EGoM on vacation of spectrum and auction of 3G spectrum, and to look into the grant of license and allocation of spectrum in 2G band in 22 service areas," he said.

    However, he recalled that attempts had been made in the past to drag him in the controversy surrounding the allocation of 2G spectrum.

 

 

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