DMK plans Raja-is-innocent campaign
Two weeks after the first CBI raids on former telecom minister A Raja in the Rs 1.76-lakh-crore 2G spectrum scam, the DMK on Wednesday announced that it would launch an aggressive campaign across Tamil Nadu from Friday to defend his 'innocence'.india Updated: Dec 23, 2010 00:15 IST
Two weeks after the first CBI raids on former telecom minister A Raja in the Rs 1.76-lakh-crore 2G spectrum scam, the DMK on Wednesday announced that it would launch an aggressive campaign across Tamil Nadu from Friday to defend his 'innocence'.
Law minister S Duraimurugan is to start the campaign with a rally in Karur district a day before Raja fields CBI questions on the scam in New Delhi on Friday.
The DMK's plan was firmed up on Tuesday evening at a meeting of party leaders, where CM M Karunanidhi directed all party members to sink their differences to fight the Opposition's 'propaganda' on the scam.
A senior DMK leader saw this as a nudge to the CM's sons, deputy CM MK Stalin and union minister for chemicals and fertilisers MK Alagiri, to abandon perceived efforts to distance the party from Raja.
Another party leader said Karunanidhi maintained that Raja was innocent and urged party workers to blunt opposition party AIADMK's campaign on the scam by reminding people of the scandals its chief J Jayalalithaa was accused of being involved in.
The DMK's rally-around-Raja campaign would be conducted in several phases.
DMK spokesperson TKS Elangovan said a series of public meetings would be organised in Chennai, Coimbatore, Tiruchirappali and Cuddalore during the first phase till December 30.
DMK MP and the party's propaganda secretary N Siva said the truth would be out soon.
Raja to be questioned
Raja will be questioned by the CBI on Friday. The venue of questioning is still not decided but sources said it could take place at Raja's residence.
Raja, 47, arrived in Delhi on Wednesday. Before leaving he told reporters in Chennai, "I am going to Delhi... I will cooperate with the investigating agency."
After landing in Delhi he announced his intention to appear before the CBI on Friday at 10am.
First Published: Dec 22, 2010 17:00 IST