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Jaya launches fresh attack on Raja on spectrum allocation

Firing a fresh salvo of criticism against former Telecom Minister A Raja on the 2G spectrum allocation, AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa on Saturday posed a set of questions to him on the issue.



Chennai: Firing a fresh salvo of
criticism against former Telecom Minister A Raja on the 2G
spectrum allocation, AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa on Saturday posed a
set of questions to him on the issue.
In a statement here, she wanted to know why Raja had
flouted TRAI`s recommendations that the spectrum allocation
should be done through auction, which was accepted by the
union cabinet.

She asked whether Raja got the cabinet sanction to
allocate the 2G spectrum on priority basis and alleged that he
had not gone by the recommendations of TRAI, which had said
the prices fixed in 2001 were totally unacceptable.

She also wanted to know why Raja had rejected the Law
Ministry`s proposal that the spectrum price should be fixed by
an empowered group of ministers.

Coming down heavily on the Chief Minister M
Karunanidhi for `defending` Raja, she said the DMK chief had
been `speaking untruths` on the scam only to `deceive` the
people.
On Karunanidhi`s remarks that the principle of first
come first served was adopted only to help the people, she
said most of the companies, which had been issued licenses,
had not started their services, but had allowed foreign
companies to pick up stakes in them.

On Karunanidhi`s claim that mobile charges had come
down due to the polices pursued by Raja, Jayalalithaa
said it was an universal practice that the charges would come
down if the usage was more.

PTI

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