Seat-sharing drama aimed at covering up 2G probe: Karat

CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat alleged that the real agenda behind the "seat sharing drama" between Cong-DMK was to cover up the probe into 2G spectrum allocation scam.

Updated: Mar 11, 2011, 09:35 AM IST

Madurai: Slamming DMK and Congress as
"brothers of corruption", CPIM General Secretary Prakash Karat
on Friday alleged that the real agenda behind the "seat sharing
drama" between the two parties was to cover up the probe into
2G spectrum allocation scam and prevent it from extending to
the family of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.

"Is it because three seats that Congress and DMK were at
loggerhead? No one believes this. There is some other agenda.
DMK wants to cover up spectrum scandal..cover up the probe..

They don`t want investigation to extend to the Chief
minister`s family," he said here launching the party`s
campaign for the April 13 Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu.

Congress and DMK were `brothers of corruption` who "made
money" in spectrum scandal and Commonwealth Games
respectively, he alleged.

"If DMK minister committed corruption to the tune of Rs
1.76 lakh crore (in spectrum allocation), Congress is not far
behind. They have made money from the CWG... they have looted
even games," he charged.

He said in the last five years, Tamil Nadu had seen
monopoly of the chief minister`s family in all aspects. "Every
sector and sphere in Tamil Nadu had become corrupt and nothing
had been spared," he alleged.

Referring to the increase in prices of petroleum products
on seven occasions since July last year, he said had the DMK
threatened to pull out of the UPA on the oil price issue it
would have benefited the people.

"But it was threatening only to defend itself on spectrum
scandal and assembly seats," he said.

Apprehending that DMK could distribute money to voters,
Karat urged the Election Commission to treat such action as a
criminal action and direct Police to file criminal case
against those found giving away cash to voters.

He alleged that during the last Lok Sabha election,
ruling DMK men distributed Rs.500 along with the voter`s
slips. Now they could distribute Rs.1,000 per vote."We have
told the EC to stop this."

Attacking the UPA Government over the price issue, he
said inflation was going out of control due to its wrong
policies while Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was giving
excuses including that price rise was international phenomena.

First the Prime Minister said inflation would come down
in December. Then he said it would fall in March. Now what he
would say, Karat asked.

The government, instead of reducing the tax on import of
crude and customs excise duty on petrol, was increasing the
petrol and diesel prices, he said.

He said the Left parties had joined hands with AIAMDK,
DMDK, MDMK and other parties to bring a new government in
Tamil Nadu that would take care of all sections of people.