The big question before the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, when it meets on Friday, would be whether it should pitch for APJ Abdul Kalam for the post of President — somebody they had tried to reinstate in the top post on an earlier occasion.
No sooner did word of Kanimozhi's bail spread on Monday, than the number of mediapersons camping outside DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi's house swelled. But the man who stepped out of the Gopalapuram residence in Chennai to meet them was not the thalaivar (great leader) but Kanimozhi's 87-year-old father.
DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi on Thursday saw the row over a finance ministry's note on the 2G scam as vindicating former union telecom minister A Raja, who had said that he had always kept everyone informed. KV Lakshmana and Shekhar Iyer report.
All it needed was a couple of phone calls from senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee on Monday to make the DMK soften its stand after 48 hours of uncertainties over their ties in the Tamil Nadu assembly polls. Aurangzeb Naqshbandi, KV Lakshmana & Shekhar Iyer report.
Tracking the crisis
Belying all speculation to the contrary, the ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu on Thursday reaffirmed its support for former telecom minister A Raja, arrested a day earlier in connection with the 2G-spectrum allocation scam.
The DMK appeared set to suspend former telecom minister A Raja from the party following his arrest by the CBI on Wednesday for his role in the 2G-spectrum allocation scam.
DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi was in two minds on a day the CBI carried out raids on residences of former telecom minister A Raja in connection with the 2G scam. Under pressure from two sides in his family, Karunanidhi has, hitherto, defended Raja to the hilt. Shekhar Iyer