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Karunanidhi defends telecom minister

india Updated: Nov 24, 2008 17:04 IST

Defending his party leader and Telecom minister A Raja, DMK Chief M Karunanidhi on Monday said there has been no change in the Centre's policy of allotting spectrum space since NDA's rule.

Writing in his party organ, 'Murasoli', Karunanidhi said the policy of allotting spectrum space on a first come first served basis had been followed right from the days of the Vajpayee ministry, in which Arun Shourie was the communication minister.

Shourie's successor Dayanidhi Maran also followed the same policy like Raja while allotting spectrum space, Karunanidhi said.

Rejecting allegations that the licences along with spectrum were given at throw away prices causing a loss of over Rs 50,000 crore to the government, he said that this is a mischievous campaign against Raja to defame the DMK and the Union Minister on the issue.

Reacting on CPI's "eagerness" to strike an alliance with AIADMK, when the party has no differences with the DMK barring the latter's friendship with Congress, Karunanidhi said, "It is only to face the polls. It is not based on any policy. It is like rushing to get a seat in a train."