Raja is now AIADMK's punching-bag
The AIADMK said on Thursday the DMK would be voted out in next year’s assembly elections as people had seen the “face of 2G corruption” on TV sets given free by the state government.india Updated: Dec 09, 2010 22:41 IST
The AIADMK said on Thursday the DMK would be voted out in next year’s assembly elections as people had seen the “face of 2G corruption” on TV sets given free by the state government.
The party will portray, in its election campaign, former telecom minister A Raja as the chief priest of “corruption” for his alleged role in the spectrum scam. Union fertiliser and chemicals minister MK Alagiri, who is chief minister M Karunanidhi’s son, comes next for reportedly running a parallel government from Madurai.
AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa on Thursday spent half of her hour-long speech in Chennai railing against Alagiri. But her ultimate rival is still Karunanidhi, who is also the DMK chief.
Jayalalithaa, who is now packing her "corruption" punch, wants all beneficiaries of kickbacks in the 2G spectrum scam questioned, implying that Raja was not the only player in the game.
Senior AIADMK leader and former state finance minister C Ponnaian told HT on Thursday: “We need not even campaign, the television media has done it. The doings of Raja have gone to every nook and corner of the state, and people are watching it on the free television given to them by the government.”
“Raja is a small fry and the main culprit is Karunanidhi, who is presiding over a corrupt regime.”
After three successful rallies in Trichy, Coimbatore and Madurai, the AIADMK is taking its campaign to the grassroots as far as possible. On Saturday, the party will hold a protest programme in Cuddalore and there the municipality’s corruption will be highlighted.
There would be bigger rallies from January or early February, party sources said.