CBI actions will not affect ties with DMK, says Cong

Congress Friday expressed confidence that the CBI actions into the 2G Spectrum scam will have no bearing on its alliance with DMK in poll-bound Tamil Nadu, saying these are two different issues.

Updated: Feb 18, 2011, 22:08 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress Friday expressed
confidence that the CBI actions into the 2G Spectrum scam will
have no bearing on its alliance with DMK in poll-bound
Tamil Nadu, saying these are two different issues.

The party asserted that actions in the case were in
line with the findings of the Supreme Court-monitored
investigation.

"These are two different issues. Our alliance is a
political alliance. What CBI is doing for further
investigation, it is for them to explain the details of why
they are taking action against certain individuals. As far as
our alliance with DMK is concerned, it has nothing to with
these matters," party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed said.

His reaction came on a day when CBI carried out
searches sin the offices and residences of top management of
DMK first family run Kalaignar TV in connection with the 2G
spectrum scam.

DMK chief M Karunanidhi`s wife MK Dayalu owns 60 per
cent stake in Kalaignar while party MP Kanimozhi has 20 per
cent.

However, a senior party leader, speaking on condition of
anonymity, accepted that the arrest of former Telecom
Minister A Raja and the "exposure" of Karunanidhi family links
will create discomfort for the party in the run-up to the
Assembly elections. He expressed the hope that the issue would
"wear out" as elections are still a few months away.

He also said that there is "no threat of damage to the
alliance" as both Congress and DMK will lose if they go on
their own.

There was also a view that the DMK, which is already
facing tough times with the case disclosures, would not like
to risk parting ways with the Congress.

Sources in the party indicated that the alliance
partner also understands that in a Supreme court monitored
investigation, the progress in the case will happen as per the
evidence.

The Congress, which earlier had reservations against
bringing PMK into alliance, also appeared unaffected with the
tie-up between the southern parties.

"In politics it happens. DMK was earlier with NDA ten
years back but today it is a very strong alliance partner of
UPA. We have an alliance in the state as well as Government of
India. We have successfully completed one term (at the Centre)
from 2004 to 2009 and we do hope that we will successfully
complete (alliance) from 2009 to 2014 and we will also win the
coming elections in Tamil Nadu," Ahmed said.

At the same time, he evaded questions on the "merit"
of DMK-PMK alliance which was announced in Chennai today under
which PMK has been allotted 31 Assembly seats.

The Congress spokesperson said, "I do not know the
details of the decision. Whether PMK is going to be part of
alliance or not. It is not formally announced whether DMK, PMK
and Congress would contest together. But offcourse, it is
expected that they would contest together."

PTI