AIADMK steps up attack on Raja over spectrum scam

AIADMK Wednesday made a fresh round of attack on A Raja for his alleged role in the 2G spectrum scam, saying the people should send telegrams demanding his immediate expulsion from the cabinet to the President.

Chennai: AIADMK Wednesday made a fresh round
of attack on Union IT and Communication Minister A Raja for
his alleged role in the 2G spectrum scam, saying the people
should send telegrams demanding his immediate expulsion from
the cabinet to the President.

"Raja has presided over what is easily the mother of
all scams “the 2G spectrum", party chief J Jayalalithaa said,
adding, demands for his ouster by her and other
`right-thinking` political leaders have fallen on deaf ears.

"The time has come for the people to step in", she
said.

"Raja, the DMK’s poster-boy in Delhi, hails from a
party that lacks morality and it is not reasonable to expect
him to quit on moral grounds. Neither would his party leader
ask him to quit," she said.

Jayalalithaa said though it was over two years since
the scam first surfaced and its specifics getting murkier by
the day, the Congress-led coalition in Delhi could not demand
his resignation.

The Congress is worried that such a "precipitate
demand" will lead to Karunanidhi pulling out of the coalition
leading to its premature collapse, she said.

Jayalalithaa, who is eyeing for an alliance with
Congress for the next year’s Assembly polls in the state, said
although the Congress tried to project itself as a role model
for public morality, it has "not emerged with a halo around
it" because of the presence of Raja in the Union Cabinet.

"Raja has presided over what is easily the mother of
all scams the 2G Spectrum scam, that has caused, according
to calculations worked out by no less an authority than the
Comptroller & Auditor General of India, loss to the Indian
exchequer to the extent of Rs. 1,76,379 crores", she said.

Raja’s pro-active role in this "massive, unprecedented
scam" has been made public not merely by opposition leaders
and the media but by the Central Vigilance Commission, the
High Court of Delhi, the Supreme Court and the CAG, she said.

PTI

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