A day after the DMK chief M Karunanidhi and the embattled telecom minister A Raja remained defiant and ruled out Raja’s resignation despite the growing demand following his indictment by the CAG in the 2G spectrum scam, the Congress on Saturday showed no signs of buying its ally’s arguments.
Faced with a belligerent opposition, which is determined to claim Raja’s scalp during the ongoing winter session, coupled with the next hearing of the case in the Supreme Court on Monday, the Congress is bracing itself for a stormy
The much-anticipated meeting of the top party leadership, called the core group, which includes Congress president Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister, did not take place on Saturday, indicating the wait and watch policy would continue for the moment.
The DMK boss and Tamil Nadu chief minister Karunanidhi is expected to meet his party leaders and MPs on Sunday to take stock of the situation. All the important leaders, including Raja, are already there for the crucial meet.
The DMK camp is viewing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s response to the offer made by AIADMK chief J Jayalalitha that her party is ready to support the UPA government, in case it dumps Raja and his party, as their victory.
Singh had told reporters on Friday night that it was upto the top leadership of the Congress to decide on Jaya's offer and the alliance with the DMK was intact.
Singh’s words have come as a relief for the otherwise isolated DMK, but the Congress party sources maintain that the chances of Raja’s continuation in the cabinet seem bleak.
Some Congress leaders have gone to the extent of saying that had Raja belonged to their party, his game would have been over much earlier.
Raja has now entered into a slanging match with the former Telecom Secretary DS Mathur, who has said that the minister had ignored his advise for the auction of 2G spectrum. The telecom ministry hit back, saying Mathur had cleared the files for issuing licenses as per existing policy. Mathur said his advice on the auction of 2G spectrum was ignored by Raja, but the ministry released documents to show that the former official had signed the file, clearing the policy.