Karunanidhi says Raja targeted because he is Dalit
On a day Parliament was rocked by demands for A Raja`s resignation, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today strongly backed him and said Opposition parties are levelling "malicious charges" just because he is a Dalit.
New Delhi: On a day Parliament was rocked
by demands for A Raja`s resignation, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister
M Karunanidhi today strongly backed him and said Opposition
parties are levelling "malicious charges" just because he is a
"Raja is a Dalit. That is why dominant forces are
levelling malicious charges against him," he said when asked
for his comments on the opposition demands for his resignation
in the wake of allegations of scam in 2G Spectrum allocation.
The Chief Minister, however, refused to entertain more
questions on the controversy. It was not clear whether the
spectrum issue was discussed during the meeting he had with
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi separately.
DMK sources maintained that the issue did not come up
during Karunanidhi`s meeting with Gandhi in the morning.
Karunanidhi`s comments come a day after he virtually
ruled out opposition demands for Raja`s resignation. DMK has
been maintaining that Raja will not resign and that he is
being targeted by vested interests.
Both houses of Parliament were rocked by demands by
opposition parties like BJP and AIADMK demanding Raja`s
resignation. AIADMK has been demanding that Prime Minister
sack Raja from cabinet.
During his meeting with Sonia in the morning,
Karunanidhi demanded her that steps be taken to get the
Women`s Reservation Bill in Lok Sabha at the earliest.
The bill was passed by Rajya Sabha by a two-thirds
majority on March 9 with the support of BJP and Left parties.
The DMK chief said: "I told Sonia Gandhi that steps
should be taken to pass the Women’s Reservation Bill in Lok
Sabha as soon as possible."