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Raja down, Opposition up in TN politics

india Updated: Feb 02, 2011 18:48 IST
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The arrest of former union telecom minister A Raja has heated up Tamil Nadu politics too with the state going in for assembly elections due in May.

For the opposition AIADMK, this has come in as an additional booster for its campaign on corruption.

AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa is going in for the kill. Reacting to the arrest of former telecom minister A Raja the AIADMK supremo said it was an action that was too late and left out other partners in crime.

What about Niira Radia and family members of DMK patriarch and Chief minister Kanunanidhi, she asked. Niira Radia was heard talking to Kanimozhi and her mother and Karunanidhi’s wife Rajathiammal.

There is prima facie evidence against them, AIADDMK supremo said adding that the mere arrest of A Raja, former telecom minister, is a half baked action which is three years too late, Jaya TV reported. This action could have been taken three years ago and why have they chosen to act now, she questioned hinting that it was motivated by electoral prospects.

Jayalaithaa said that the arrest was only to show that some action was being taken to the Supreme Court. The timing of the arrest make it artificial and deeply suspicious, she told the TV channel.

Reiterating her firm demand for a JPC, she said AIADMK will go all out to demand JPC as only it can bring out the entire truth when different arms of the Indian government have contradicted themselves. The CAG has estimated the revenue loss to be Rs 1.76 lakh crore and union telecom minister speaking on behalf of the Indian government has said there has been zero loss and yet another branch of the government, the CBI arrested Raja.

“If he is honest and has done no wrong why has he been arrested,” Jayalalithaa asked and said it now seems there is solid evidence for the nation to link Karunanidhi family to the 2G Spectum scandal. Corporate lobbyist Niira Radia was heard talking to Karunanidhi’s wife Rajathiammal and their daughter Kanimozhi.

The CPM state unit secretary too described as the arrest as too little too late and said the party will be firm on its demand for JPC. He told press persons in Chennai that the CBI should file proper chargesheet and take the case to its logical end and more important, all people involved in the scam must be booked. Which is why we have been demanding a JPC probe, which only can bring out the whole truth, he said.

Janata Party president Subramaniam Swamy told reporters that his constant role as a watchdog in the case has helped. This is the beginning of a chance in politics, he said.

The ruling DMK is however silent on the development, but sources said that the imminent arrest was known and Raja was informed about it. The party headquarters wore a deserted look and even at the state secretariat, scribes waited for hour for a bite of the chief minister, without luck so far.