Karuna virtually rules out Raja`s resignation

Tamil Nadu CM M Karunanidhi on Sunday backed Telecom Minister A Raja in the 2G spectrum controversy.

New Delhi: On a visit here a year after
UPA-II assumed office, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi
on Wednesday backed Telecom Minister A Raja and virtually ruled out
the demand of the Opposition for his resignation over the 2G
spectrum controversy.

"I have not come here with any good news to be conveyed
to you people," he said sarcastically in Tamil when asked to
comment on Opposition demands for Raja`s resignation over the
spectrum issue. He also parried a query on whether the issue
would figure during his discussions with Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.

He was talking to reporters at the Tamil Nadu House here
after a meeting with President Pratibha Patil, during which he
extended invitation to her to attend the inaugural ceremony of
the 9th World Tamil Conference to be held in Coimbatore in

The Chief Minister is expected to meet both Singh and
Gandhi either this evening or tomorrow morning.

His remarks on Raja come days after the entire opposition
stalled Parliament proceedings over a newspaper report, which
claimed that the CBI has evidence against the minister in the
spectrum case.

This is his first visit to the national capital after he
left Delhi in a huff last May saying Congress` formula on
cabinet berth allocation was not acceptable. But six days
later, seven DMK nominees were inducted into the cabinet after
the two parties patched up.

When asked to comment about his son and Union Chemicals
and Fertilisers Minister M K Alagiri`s continued absence from
Parliament, Karunanidhi merely said, "You ask him."

Pressed for his comments on the issue and asked for his
views on it as the DMK chief, he shot back, "Let him first
give his opinion. Then I will give mine."

DMK sources said he is expected to raise with Singh and
Gandhi the issue of early passage in Parliament of the Tamil
Nadu Assembly`s resolution to revive Legislative Council in
the state. The resolution has to be passed in both Houses of
Parliament with a two-thirds majority.

Tomorrow, Karunanidhi will also hold a meeting with
Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia to
finalise Tamil Nadu`s annual plan outlay. Karunanidhi also
said he would ask the Planning Commission for more funds to be
allocated to the state.


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