Despite tying up with the Dravidian party in poll-bound Tamil Nadu, Congress on Friday steered clear of DMK's move of giving total backing to embattled former telecom minister A Raja.
At the same time, the party said that the arrest of Raja would have no bearing on the DMK-Congress ties as also on the success of the alliance in the southern state.
"It is a comment made by him on a member of his party," Congress spokesperson Jayanthi Natrajan told reporters when asked whether Congress endorses DMK supremo M Karunanidhi's comment that Raja's "mere" arrest in 2G spectrum scam does not make him guilty and that he has been made to suffer for making rate of mobile calls cheaper.
She said that the arrest of Raja was the culmination of the law taking its course in the 2G issue. She said "despite all doubts and cynicism" expressed by the opposition, the inquiry into the issue is going on and action is being taken.
Seeking to take high moral ground on the matter for the party, she said the action against Raja showed that in the political philosophy of the Congress-led UPA action is taken, unlike that in the NDA where BJP chief minister of Karnataka B S Yeddyurappa refuses to quit despite serious charges.
Congress stand on the Raja issue came a day after the DMK played the Dalit card saying he and the party were being targeted because they formed the pillar of the "downtrodden or Shudras".
DMK's strategy to throw its weight behind Raja a day after his arrest was unveiled at its highest policy-making body in Chennai on Thursday.
Making his first remarks on the arrest of Raja, Karunanidhi drew an analogy from the Hindu mythology comparing his party colleague to King Mahabali who he said had to suffer for the good things he did for the people, and due to upper caste people.