Monday, November 15, 2010

[ZESTCaste] 'Dalit' Raja Following Ambedkar's Footsteps: Karunanidhi

'Dalit' Raja Following Ambedkar's Footsteps: Karunanidhi
Chennai | Nov 14, 2010

Putting up a brave front, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi
tonight said Union Telecom Minister A Raja was asked to resign by DMK
only to allow functioning of Parliament, maintaining that he had only
followed the policy adopted from 1999 in spectrum allocation.

"We have asked Raja to resign only to allow the functioning of
parliament which we consider as the mother of democracy in India," the
DMK patriarch said shortly after Raja submitted his resignation in

The stalling of Parliamentary proceedings during the last one year was
part of a pre-planned effort to get the ouster of Raja, a Dalit who
had totally dedicated himself to the cause espoused by leaders like Dr
B R Ambedkar, Karunanidhi said.

"Raja is my affectionate brother," he said.

Earlier, a DMK release said Raja was asked to resign to allow
Parliament to function so that issues of public importance could be
taken up.

As the opposition went all out seeking his sacking, Raja had met
Karunanidhi twice since last night before returning to Delhi where he
handed in his resignation to the Prime Minister.

47-year old Andimuthu Raja, considered the Dalit face of DMK, has been
in the firing line of opposition since last two years with the CAG's
recent findings on alleged spectrum scam providing a fresh ammunition
to it to step up its offence.

Prior to departure to Delhi, Raja, who had defended all his actions,
had ruled out quitting saying there was no need for it.

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