Jayalalithaa hits back at Karunanidhi

AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa Sunday accused her arch-rival M Karunanidhi of trying to "divert attention" of the people from the 2G spectrum controversy.

Last Updated: Dec 26, 2010, 14:11 PM IST

Chennai: Hitting back at Tamil Nadu Chief
Minister M Karunanidhi for asking his party cadres to
highlight scams allegedly involving her, AIADMK supremo J
Jayalalithaa Sunday accused her arch-rival of trying to "divert
attention" of the people from the 2G spectrum controversy.

The DMK chief had recently asked his partymen to reach out
to people through public meetings and remind them of the
various scams allegedly involving Jayalalithaa including the
ongoing disproportionate assets case in Bangalore.

On the disproportionate assets case, she said it was a
"foisted one" and declined to comment as it was sub-judice and
said truth would be established when the court gave its
verdict.

Saying that she had come out clean in cases including the
Tamil Nadu Small Industries (TANSI) land case, Jayalalithaa
said Karunanidhi was harping on these issues only to divert
attention.

In the TANSI case, "where a firm, in which I was a
shareholder, had purchased lands from it when I was chief
minister, I had later returned the land. So there is no
question of any loss to government," she said in a statement.

The charge against Jayalalithaa and her confidante
Sasikalaa was that the firm in which they were partners had
purchased the TANSI land at cheap rates. Though a trial court
had convicted Jayalalithaa, she was later acquitted by the
Madras High Court, which the Supreme Court also upheld.

"This is an attempt by Karunanidhi to only divert
attention from the 2G spectrum allocation scam, (involving
former Union minister A Raja) which is of Himalayan
proportions," she said.

She also slammed Karunanidhi for saying that the CAG
report`s assertion that the loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore from
spectrum allocation was "presumptive". "Only the quantity of
the loss is presumptive, not the very loss caused."

"The people of the state are preparing to oust this DMK
government," Jayalalithaa said in an apparent reference to
next year`s Assembly polls.

PTI