Karuna has insulted Dalits by `sheilding` Raja: CPI

Karunanidhi had recently said Raja was being targeted only because he was a Dalit.

Last Updated: Dec 01, 2010, 00:02 AM IST

Tiruchirappalli: CPI Tamil Nadu unit
Secretary D Pandian slammed Chief Minister M Karunanidhi
for raising the caste angle while trying to "shield" former
union telecom minister A Raja in the spectrum scam, saying he
had "humiliated" and "insulted" Dalits.

"The question of caste does not come in the mega scandal of
Rs 1.76 lakh crore. Not even a single paise from the scandal
benefitted Dalits," he told reporters here.

Briefing on the two-day state executive meeting of the
party that concluded today, Pandian charged Karunanidhi with
humiliating and insulting the Dalits of the state by trying to
shield Raja.

Karunanidhi had recently said Raja was being targeted only
because he was a Dalit.

On alliance for assembly elections due early next year,
Pandian said it would be decided before the polls. However,
CPI would not have any truck with DMK and Congress, he said.

He said the meeting resolved to launch an anti-corruption
campaign throughout the state from December 6.

He alleged that the law and order situation in the state
was bad. "Police are not impartial and are dancing to the
tunes of the ruling party, and that is the main reason for all
the ills (on law and order front)."

The meeting urged the government to immediately assess the flood damage and pay relief of Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 for crop loss.

The government should also take steps to drain flood
waters from the farm fields in Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam and
other districts on a war footing and save the crops.

The UPA Government was "ridiculing" democracy by not
conceding the opposition demand for a JPC probe into the
Spectrum scam, he alleged.

PTI