Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi has regretted that even the educated were ready to believe that one person could swindle a whopping Rs 1.76 lakh crore of public money in the 2G spectrum scam.
Karunanidhi wondered whether an individual could appropriate such a huge amount.
Recalling the days when he watched silent movies in his home town Tiruvarur, the Chief Minister likened the people's mentality now to that of those who watched silent movies and believed the words of the narrator that the mouth of Bagasura, a demon in Hindu mythology, could be 30,000 miles long.
DMK leader and former Telecom Minister A Raja had resigned on November 14 in the wake of the CAG's report that the rates at which 2G spectrum was allotted resulted in a loss to the exchequer to the tune of Rs.1.76 lakh crore
The Chief Minister said he was running a government for the welfare of the poor, since he was also born in a poor family.
"Would I have thought about the poor, if I was born with a silver spoon?" he asked in an apparent reference to AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa's remarks that he was one of the wealthiest persons in Asia.
He was addressing a function on Sunday night to release audio cassettes of a movie for which he had written the story.