Tuesday, May 4, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Karuna plays dalit card to save minister Raja



Karuna plays dalit card to save minister Raja
Smitha Nair, CNN-IBNPosted on May 04, 2010 at 10:38

New Delhi: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK chief K Karunanidhi has
now used the 'dalit' card to defend Union Telecom Minister A Raja,
following a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here in the

While the Opposition continues to vent their anger in Parliament over
the spectrum scandal and allegations of corruption against Raja, the
scandal remains a serious embarrassment for the UPA government.

The DMK chief met the Congress chief Sonia Gandhi too. While the party
claims Raja and the telecom scandal was not discussed, the DMK
president has played the 'dalit' card to defend the controversial
minister. "Since Raja is a dalit the oppressive forces are trying to
target him," says Karunanidhi.

Sources say the Prime Minister raised the Raja issue with the DMK
chief. But Karunanidhi's statement is perhaps a reminder that he is
backing Raja to the hilt.

In fact, the spectrum allegations had erupted in 2007 but when the UPA
returned to power, the DMK insisted that Raja be returned as the
Telecom Minister, making it a delicate issue for the government.

While the Opposition continues to focus on the issue and is demanding
an explanation from the Prime Minister, how long can the Congress
afford to endure the spectrum scandal remains to be seen.

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