2G scam: Karunanidhi seeks to draw a metaphor

Tamil Nadu CM M Karunanidhi wondered whether an individual could appropriate such a huge amount.

Last Updated: Dec 06, 2010, 14:17 PM IST

Chennai: 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 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 to release the audio cassettes of a movie, for which he had written the story here late Sunday night.

PTI