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Updated: November 23, 2010 01:05 IST

Karunanidhi: Ulterior motive behind demand for JPC probe

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Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Monday alleged that there was an “ulterior political motive,” behind the demand of the BJP and the Left parties for a probe by a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) into the 2G spectrum scam.

In a statement here, he wondered why both they were insisting on a JPC probe despite the promise made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Ministers Kapil Sibal and Veerappa Moily that the government was ready to clarify all the issues after tabling the CAG report in Parliament. “After the debate the report will be sent to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). Can they not raise the issues before the PAC? After all a BJP leader is heading the PAC. In the past similar issues were raised only before the PAC. Why do they demand a JPC now?”

Rejecting AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa's allegation that the CBI officer probing the spectrum case was transferred, he said it was Ms Jayalalithaa who had demanded the transfer of officials when the AIADMK was a part of the government at the Centre.

On her allegation that he was paying lip service to the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, Mr. Karunanidhi recalled former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's remarks that he would always take a firm stand irrespective of the DMK's relationship with the Congress.

“It is Ms Jayalalithaa who is paying lip service. She once called Sonia Gandhi a foreigner and is now expressing willingness to offer unconditional support,” he said.

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The parliamentary democracy has come to a complete stand still on account of 2G controversy. Neither the JCP nor the PAC will bring out the truth. Nevertheless, politically, 2G spectrum, in the short run, will ensure the fall of DMK and Congress poll alliance at the State, which many Congress leaders from the state, for quite a long period tried but failed to achieve. Will the fall out help the Congress to enter into poll alliance with AIADMK. Very unlikely! However, Amma will ensure that the Congress breaks its alliance with DMK. Will that help her. No, if the Congress decides to keep both DMK & AIADMK away from its alliance. The Indications are that the Tamil Nadu 2011 election will see three fronts – one lead by DMK, another one by AIADMK or the third one by the Congress. The outcome will also be in that order, with DMK marginally ahead of DMK.

from:  R. Bhakther Solomon
Posted on: Nov 23, 2010 at 15:46 IST
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