The ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in Tamil Nadu on Thursday firmly backed former union minister A Raja, arrested by the CBI in connection with the 2G Spectrum case, saying that arrest does not prove he is guilty. The party also refrained from taking any action against Raja and said he will continue to be its propaganda secretary.
Party's general council meeting passed a resolution condemning the opposition for targeting and maligning the DMK by blowing up the Spectrum allocation issue.
The resolution on spectrum scam is among the 21 resolutions passed by the general council that also include condemning the killing of Tamil fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy.
The DMK patriarch and Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi, deputy chief minister MK Stalin, union chemicals and fertilizers minister MK Alagiri, union textiles minister Dayanidhi Maran, senior state ministerial colleagues, Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi were among the leaders who attended the general council that began on Thursday morning.
The DMK's decision to firmly back Raja was announced later to the media in the form of resolution. Contrary to speculations earlier, the party also maintained that Raja was part and parcel of the party organisation and that he continued to be the propaganda secretary. There were rumours in the morning that Raja had sent in his resignation from the party post.
In one and a half page reference to the spectrum issue, the resolution in Tamil language condemned the opposition parties as well as media for blowing the spectrum issue out of proportions and spreading false message on the whole issue. It also lambasted the opposition parties for stalling partliament's winter session and said there was no need for any JPC given the fact that the CBI was taking action in the matter.
Rajya Sabha MP and Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi, considered to be close to the tainted minister, refused to make any direct comment saying that all resolutions of the party must be respected.
The party officially maintained that no one at the general council had raised the issue of Raja or his resignation or had expressed their displeasure on the issue.
"DMK is with Raja and Raja is in the DMK," declared TKS Elangovan senior MP and party spokesperson after the general council meeting.
"Mere arrest of Raja does not mean he is guilty. Even Jayalalithaa was arrested but see, she is free today," he said and added "Raja will come out clean."
Union telecom minister Kapil Sibal has already spoken on the issue and has said that Raja had clearly followed the policies laid out by the NDA government on the spectrum issue, Elangovan said.
"My hope is that Raja will come out clean," he said adding that the DMK general council resolution condemned all the people who were making false propaganda on the 2G Spectrum issue.
"This includes a section of the media also," the spokesperson said quoting the resolution.
Asked if the issue of action against Raja, as promised by chief minister Karunanidhi, was raised at the general council, the party spokesperson denied it completely. He also denied that Raja had resigned from the party post.
"You make the news and ask me to comment. The party has not received any resignation from Raja," Elangovan said.
Raja continues to be the propaganda secretary of the party, he said in response to a question and when asked if he would continue to take active part in the party affairs, Elangovan said, "it is for him to decide".
When asked if a section of the party had expressed their unhappiness over the Raja issue, Elangovan said, "I don't know if anyone is happy or unhappy. If they are unhappy it was not expressed at the general council meeting."