2G spectrum issue could work against DMK in 2011 polls: AIADMK

The 2G spectrum issue had its echo in the Tamil Nadu assembly, with Opposition AIADMK gunning for Union Telecom Minister A Raja, saying the controversy could work decisively against his party DMK in next year`s assembly elections.

Updated: Nov 11, 2010, 18:21 PM IST

Chennai: The 2G spectrum issue had its
echo in the Tamil Nadu assembly on Thursday, with Opposition AIADMK
gunning for Union Telecom Minister A Raja, saying the
controversy could work decisively against his party DMK in
next year`s assembly elections.

"There has been no step in accordance with conscience
(such as Raja stepping down). The people of Tamil Nadu are
waiting to show the door to DMK in the polls," AIADMK MLA M V
R Veerakapilan said.
Participating in the debate for demand for grants in
the assembly, he alleged the DMK government had also failed on
various accounts in the state.

Demanding Raja`s ouster from the cabinet, AIADMK chief
Jayalalithaa had on Wednesday said the Union minister hailed
from a party that lacked morality and it was not reasonable to
expect him to quit on moral grounds.

She had urged people to send telegrams to President
Pratibha Patil, demanding Raja`s dismissal from the Cabinet.

Raja has come under severe criticism from Opposition
parties, including BJP and AIADMK, for his alleged role in the
2G spectrum scam allocation, believed to have caused a loss of
Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the national exchequer.
The Opposition stepped up their attack against Raja
after he was directly held responsible for the alleged scam by
the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).

The CAG said it has submitted to the government the
report on the 2G spectrum allotment that may have caused a
loss of over Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the exchequer.

PTI