It’s seldom that chewing gum causes political mayhem. Yet that is what 16 strips of it (or adhesive substance—what you call it depends on the spooky divide in Delhi’s North Block) did. These were found in finance minister Pranab Mukherjee’s office and those of his adviser and personal secretary last year. The discovery prompted him to write a letter to the Prime Minister, asking for a “secret inquiry”.
Ordinarily, this should have been treated as a first-class breach of security, and security and intelligence officials hauled up. Instead, what Mukherjee did—calling in the income-tax department and not the Intelligence Bureau to sweep his office for “bugs”—fuelled suspicions of another kind, that the problem lay closer home. Now, the voluble Digvijay Singh—who is not involved in the issue in any manner—has demanded a probe. The government has plenty of trouble at hand, it should avoid more of it.