Chennai: Seeking to stay off controversy over
a letter by the Finance Ministry on then Finance Minister P
Chidambaram`s suggested role in 2G auctioning, DMK president M
Karunanidhi today said it was upto the Home Minister to decide
on quitting if found guilty.
"I don`t have any details and therefore I don`t want to
comment.... (but) if he was found guilty it is upto him to
decide on resigning," Karunanidhi said as he asserted that the
alliance with Congress continued at Centre.
The 88 year-old DMK chief, who insisted he would not speak in
detail on this matter as he did not have any details (about
the letter), recalled that his party colleague and former
Telecom Minister A Raja had maintained that the Prime Minister
and then Finance Minister Chidambaram were kept in the know
over 2G policy making and pricing.
In a document submitted before the Supreme Court yesterday,
the Finance Ministry had said the Telecom Ministry could have
gone in for auction of 2G spectrum licenses had then Finance
Minister P Chidambaram insisted on this, prompting DMK sources
to hold that Raja`s stand on price regime was vindicated.
To a question, Karunanidhi said his party`s alliance with
Congress continued even as DMK has announced facing the next
month`s Tiruchirappally (west) and local body polls alone.
However, there would be `local adjustments` with ally
Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) and "this applies to
Congress also," based on local conditions and opportunities,
he said without elaborating.
Earlier, Karunanidhi released the first list of his party`s
civic polls nominees.
He retained Chennai Mayor M Subramaniam for the Corporation
post while naming candidates for six others, including
Vellore, Coimbatore and Tirupur.
He also announced candidates for 86 Municipalities.
To a question, he said the party would face the polls on
the basis of development and people`s needs and expressed
confidence of a good show by his party.