DMK president M. Karunanidhi rejected Union Communications Minister Kapil Sibal's accusation that former Minister A. Raja had failed to heed the advice of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Minister P. Chidambaram on the 2G spectrum allocation.
“If he (Kapil Sibal) has said it, the same deserves a denial. It was Kapil Sibal who, in the beginning, said that the first-come-first-served basis was followed even in 2003 when the BJP was in power. I don't know whether he was going back on his earlier opinion. If irregularities had been committed, BJP ministers in that place should also face punishment,” he told reporters after the general council meeting of the party.
Asked about the reports that some members of the general council spoke against the alliance with the Congress, Mr. Karunanidhi said indeed a few members wondered whether the DMK should continue its alliance since the Congress failed to do many good things for Tamil Nadu, besides deserting the Sri Lankan Tamils and failing to protect Tamil fishermen from the attacks by the Sri Lankan Army.
“While making clarifications on these issues, I told them to keep in mind that the DMK should support a secular party in the Lok Sabha elections. Elections are far away and the DMK's high-level political committee would take a decision at that time,” he said.
Asked whether he was personally for an alliance with the Congress, he said the DMK had already made it clear that it would have relationship with a party which had a secular approach towards the country's development and the poor and the working class people. “We reiterate that if any party that is committed to our line of thinking approaches us, we will consider it and take a decision.”
Earlier in the day, the meeting adopted a resolution accusing the Centre and the Tamil Nadu government of adopting a lethargic attitude to resolving the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project issue.