New Delhi: In the backdrop of controversy over a Finance Ministry note on 2G issue, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday meets Sonia Gandhi at her residence.

Before Mukherjee's meeting, Defence Minister A K Antony held parleys with Gandhi and also her Political Secretary Ahmed Patel, party sources said.

This is the second meeting Mukherjee has had with Gandhi in the last three days. Home Minister P Chidambaram had met Gandhi earlier this week and the Prime Minister on Wednesday.

Amid the raging row over the controversial 2G note, three ministers on Wednesday had met Mukherjee at his residence to find a way out to end the political storm.

P K Bansal, V Narayanaswamy and Rajiv Shukla met Mukherjee after 11 PM when the Finance Minister drove in from his North Block office.

However, there was no official word on what transpired at the meeting.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to hold a meeting of ministers on Thursday evening to defuse the crisis arising out of the controversial finance ministry note on 2G spectrum. 'The meeting will be held after the Prime Minister returns from his Sikkim visit,' sources said. 

 The Congress sources said the meeting discussed ways to end the controversy that has given rise to speculation about differences between Mukherjee and Home Minister P. Chidambaram on the 2G spectrum allocation. 

 The meeting came in the backdrop of Mukherjee writing a letter to Manmohan Singh clarifying that the note had been prepared in consultation with other ministries. 

 A copy of the letter was sent to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

 The March 25 note to the Prime Minister's Office from the finance ministry says that the airwaves could have been auctioned in 2008 if Chidambaram, who was then the finance minister, had 'stuck to his stand'.

 In the note, the Finance ministry says Chidambaram could have prevented spectrum from being given away at throwaway prices by insisting on its auction -- implying that presumptive losses worth thousands of crores of rupees could have thus been avoided.

(JPN/ Agencies)