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Updated: February 4, 2012 12:00 IST

Karunanidhi rejects Sibal's charge against Raja

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DMK chief M. Karunanidhi. File photo
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DMK chief M. Karunanidhi. File photo

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.”

Kudankulam issue

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.

@subbu,: "Now the SC orders for re tendering of 2G, Still Mk believes that Raja and his party are clean and has nothing to with the 2G.Let him read the SC order properly."
MK believes his party people including Raja are clean because his frame of reference is different from our own. He believes it is the normal thing that the politicians and ministers should loot public wealth and that they are entitled to it.

from:  RKM
Posted on: Feb 5, 2012 at 03:15 IST

Will be recipients of the illegal 2G money pay back to the givers since the 2G Licenses are canceled now?

from:  Nandhini
Posted on: Feb 4, 2012 at 23:11 IST

I think Raja will be acquitted in court because he had taken all decision with permission of council of ministry For his decision whole ministers are responsible.This is a collective decision, how can court blame only to Raja?

from:  Ramesh Raghuvanshi
Posted on: Feb 4, 2012 at 17:18 IST

Now the SC orders for re tendering of 2G, Still Mk believes that Raja and his party are clean and has nothing to with the 2G.Let him read the SC order properly.

from:  subbu
Posted on: Feb 4, 2012 at 11:51 IST

supreme court is not acting nutral in this case. supreme court could cancel all the lincense from 2003 which were given by bjp govt. one more thing we have to think mobile rates were came down only after 2008 after A.Raja alloted more license.

from:  parthasarathy
Posted on: Feb 4, 2012 at 11:14 IST

If raja taking decisions on his own without consulting cabinet or prime mister, then It only shows the inefficency of a prime minister and bigger political black mailers behind him. I feel that raja is only the scapegoat.

from:  Prabaharan
Posted on: Feb 4, 2012 at 10:54 IST

I agree with MK about Kapil Sibal being inconsistent. Sibal on more
than one occasion talks like a lawyer in a court of law rather than
as minster addressing common concerns of the suffering people. His
heroic hair splitting arguments justifying Government approach to
endemic corruption has not exactly endearing to the countrymen.

from:  N.G. Krishnan
Posted on: Feb 4, 2012 at 10:51 IST

If DMK president feels that there was involvement of Kapil Sibal,then he should have given his statement to Supreme Court and Let the Supreme COurt decide the guilty and punish them accordingly. In UK the ministry has asked to resign a Minister who was speeding his car,but why here even if they are doing crores of scams they are not asked to resign? In My view everyone who is part of the 2G Scam should be shown door and new ministers should be recruited in their place.This may look harsh but in realty this is only way to stop the politicans from the doings scams. This way the government will also set a high standard for the Ministers/Public servants that corruption will be dealt heavily.

from:  G Raghu Kiran
Posted on: Feb 4, 2012 at 09:59 IST

It is compulsive politics. He cannot move away from Congress for two reasons. 1. It will make matters more worse for Raja and DMK 2. AIADMK is already with BJP,the other national party,so DMK has no other choice except to cling to Congress. Moreover the BJP differs the most with DMK in ideology.Under the present circumstances when Congress is in Power in centre, and DMK is not in the state,it would be nothing but Suicide for DMK if they think otherwise! I feel this relation will continue for a long time,even beyond next general elections. DMK has no other choice!

from:  Jaya Prakash
Posted on: Feb 4, 2012 at 07:02 IST

Mr SIBAL and congress have to learn a lot from the octogenarian politician mr. Karunanidhi. when the scam brokeout he was trying to play castesim and dalit card. No open support worth its name is given to Mr.Raja either by the DMK or Mr.MK. But an image is created that the party is fully behind Mr. Raja. In this also he simply states that the words of Mr.Sibal deserves a denial.Appreciatably DMK is a party with organisational discipline, which is not so in the the matter of alliance MR.MK NOW TAKES THE STAND TO GO with secular party that may approach them. He is very clever in making the strategies and playing appropriate cards with timely punch.It is in the larger interest of Our democratic set up , the political spokepersons be in the government or otherwise, measure or think twise before making comments or opinion on any matters. Jaihind.

Posted on: Feb 4, 2012 at 05:58 IST

He is trying to fool the people, this time minorities as he did during
Srilanka Massacre.When Gujarat riots happened,DMK is part of Central
government, then why he didnt ask his ministers to resign?He was part of
the NDA government till the last day.Congress is responsible for the
massacre of tamils in Srilanka.Is he going to support them in the name
of psuedo-secularism.

from:  Rajanbabu
Posted on: Feb 4, 2012 at 04:38 IST
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