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Congress shies off Sahay

New Delhi, Sept. 3: Union tourism minister Subodh Kant Sahay appears to be in trouble over the coal allocation controversy.

Congress leaders and his colleagues who were strongly defending him till a few days ago are now shying away from speaking about his case. Sahay had written to the Prime Minister to allocate blocks to a company associated with his brother.

P. Chidambaram was asked about Sahay but he chose not to respond. “It is unfair for me to comment on a colleague. The minister has given his version and it is now for the Prime Minister to weigh the facts,” he said, sticking to the position in the face of repeated questions.

This is in sharp contrast to the summary rejection of all the charges by law minister Salman Khurshid a day before Sahay defended himself.

Even Congress spokespersons are keeping mum on questions about Sahay. There is an impression that he spoiled his case by his poor defence and it is better to let him speak for himself. His continuance as minister will be discussed before a shuffle expected later this month, sources said.