SEARCH

National » Tamil Nadu

Updated: December 20, 2010 23:05 IST

DMK did not insist on telecom portfolio for Raja: Karunanidhi

Special Correspondent
Comment (1)   ·   print   ·   T  T  
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Monday said his party was not adamant in getting the Telecom portfolio for A. Raja during the UPA government formation in 2009. File Photo
The Hindu Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Monday said his party was not adamant in getting the Telecom portfolio for A. Raja during the UPA government formation in 2009. File Photo

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) did not insist on allotting the portfolio of telecommunication to A. Raja during the formation of United Progressive Alliance government-II, DMK president and Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi said on Monday.

For that matter, no one had recommended anyone for the ministerial position, he said, referring to the events leading to the UPA government-II formation in May 2009.

Mr Raja was given the portfolio because he was holding it since May 18, 2007.

Recalling the negotiations he had held with Congress leaders Pranab Mukherjee, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ahmed Patel during his visit to New Delhi after the results of the Lok Sabha polls in May 2009, Mr. Karunanidhi said they had told him the ‘formula' to be adopted by the Congress regarding government formation.

On news reports regarding transcripts of Radia tapes on Mr. Raja getting the telecommunication portfolio, the DMK leader termed them as “mischievous.” Just because some newspapers had blown “out of proportion” the publication of the transcripts, the entire conversation could not be construed as true.

Action assured

After participating in a discussion with his party functionaries of Karur district, Mr Karunanidhi, in an interaction with reporters, reiterated that his party would take action against Mr Raja, if found guilty. Asked whether searches conducted recently on the premises of Mr Raja's kin and friends had caused any damage to the party, the DMK president replied that the self-respect movement had grown by fighting humiliation.

He termed as routine the summons served by the Central Bureau of Investigation on Mr. Raja for questioning. The former Union Minister would reply to the questions.

To a question on the status of Congress-DMK relationship, Mr Karunanidhi replied that the media could not break it.

what kind of action will our CM Take? Today if it is Raja tomorrow the DMK can and will produce someone else who reaps the same result! When the whole of Tamilnadu is in the hands of DMK where is the chance for Justice to survive in this sinful state? We as a common man should train ourselves to atleast write in papers the humongous amount these ministers have looted us off!

from:  Vidhya
Posted on: Dec 21, 2010 at 01:45 IST
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Obituary: Mandolin U. Shrinivas
Known for having adapted a difficult electric Western instrument to the Carnatic stage with awe-inspiring success, Mandolin Shrinivas impressed pundits and lay listeners alike.

The Hindu's reporter Sruthisagar Yamunan analyses the issue of social boycott of films from various groups. And also discusses with actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan, actor-producer Sarath Kumar and Ma... »

‘A birthday gift for Chennai’s 375th’
The Hindu’s ‘Friends of Chennai’ will mobilise readers to transform the city.
More...

Chennai

Madurai

Coimbatore

Tiruchirapalli

Puducherry


O
P
E
N

close

Recent Article in Tamil Nadu