BJP slams Karunanidhi for playing Dalit card

Tamil Nadu BJP slammed Chief Minister M Karunanidhi for playing the Dalit card in the 2G spectrum scam.

Updated: Nov 30, 2010, 16:12 PM IST

Chennai: The BJP`s Tamil Nadu unit on Tuesday slammed DMK president and Chief Minister M Karunanidhi for playing the Dalit card in the 2G spectrum scam, allegedly involving his party colleague A Raja, saying the issue should be seen only from a corruption angle and not caste point.

`Caste has no place in this issue (of 2G spectrum scam).It is only a case of corruption and Karunanidhi`s argument (that Raja was being targeted since he was a Dalit) holds no ground,` BJP`s former state unit president and senior leader L Ganesan told a press conference here.

Karunanidhi was only attempting to divert attention on the allegations of spectrum scam, which eventually led to Raja quitting as union telecom Minister, he said adding people will not accept this.

Karunanidhi had said recently at Vellore that Raja was being targeted since he was a Dalit.
“Is it fair to adopt one stand against a Brahmin (late TT Krishnamachary) and another against a Dalit (Raja),” the DMK president had said on Saturday.

He had pointed out that when an allegation of corruption was levelled in the Nehru era against then Finance Minister Krishnamachary,he had resigned from the Union ministry and the opposition, which demanded a JPC probe before his resignation, had allowed Parliament to function after his exit.

Ganesan termed the DMK the `most casteist party` for playing the Dalit card in this matter, though the `party claims to be striving for a caste-free society.`

He said whoever was involved in the scam should be brought to justice and said that Raja was `just a a pawn` in the entire episode, believed to have caused the exchequer a loss of around Rs 1.76 lakh crore.

He said BJP would continue pressing for a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into allegations of spectrum scam.
Ganesan said party president Nitin Gadkari would spearhead a massive demonstration on January 29 in Chennai on various issues.

On the Bihar poll results, he said people had voted for development and put an ``end to dynasty politics and jungle raj.`

PTI