Friday, November 12, 2010

2G spectrum issue could work against DMK in 2011 polls: AIADMK

Chennai: The 2G spectrum issue had its echo in the Tamil Nadu assembly on Thursday, with Opposition AIADMK gunning for Union Telecom Minister A Raja, saying the controversy could work decisively against his party DMK in next year's assembly elections.

"There has been no step in accordance with conscience (such as Raja stepping down). The people of Tamil Nadu are waiting to show the door to DMK in the polls," AIADMK MLA M V R Veerakapilan said.
Participating in the debate for demand for grants in the assembly, he alleged the DMK government had also failed on various accounts in the state.

Demanding Raja's ouster from the cabinet, AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa had on Wednesday said the Union minister hailed from a party that lacked morality and it was not reasonable to expect him to quit on moral grounds.

She had urged people to send telegrams to President Pratibha Patil, demanding Raja's dismissal from the Cabinet.

Raja has come under severe criticism from Opposition parties, including BJP and AIADMK, for his alleged role in the 2G spectrum scam allocation, believed to have caused a loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the national exchequer.
The Opposition stepped up their attack against Raja after he was directly held responsible for the alleged scam by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). 

The CAG said it has submitted to the government the report on the 2G spectrum allotment that may have caused a loss of over Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the exchequer. 

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