Monday, November 15, 2010

Raja resigns on Karunanidhi's advice

Chennai, Nov 14 : With a view to prevent stalling of Parliament session tomorrow by the Opposition parties, the DMK High Command tonight asked its MP and Union Telecom Minister A Raja to resign in the wake of his alleged involvement in the multicrore 2G spectrum allotment scam.

On his arrival in NewDelhi from Chennai today, Mr Raja, facing mounting criticism, drove straight to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's residence and submitted his resignation.

A communique from the DMK party headquarters 'Anna Arivalayam' here said DMK President and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi would issue a detailed statement on Mr Raja's resignation issue. The communique said the DMK High Command's instruction to Raja to step down came in the wake of mounting criticisms and pressure from the Opposition parties.

The Opposition parties had also announced that they would stall the Parliament session tomorrow on the Raja issue.

Based on the DMK High Command's direction, Mr Raja has been asked to put in his papers tonight itslef, the communique said.

As soon as he landed in New Delhi after two rounds of talks with Mr Karunanidhi in Chennai, Mr Raja drove straight to the PrimeMinister's residence to tender his resignation.

The DMK communique said it did not want the functioning of Parliament session to discuss and solve people's problems, to be disrupted.

The DMK communique said that to facilitate smooth functioning of Parliament session tomorrow, the party High Command had advised Mr Raja to put in his papers tonight itself. Mr Raja's resignation was the result of some Opposition parties disrupting the functioning of Parliament, eventhough he had only been following the policy laid down by the then Union government since 1999 for the allotment of 2G spectrum, the DMK communique said.

Later, in a seperate statement, Mr Karunanidhi, without naming anyone, flayed the Opposition parties of conspiring to force Mr Raja to resign. He said the DMK High Command had advised Mr Raja to tender his resignation in order to protect the sanctity of Parliamentary democracy as shown by Dravidian stalwarts like former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister C N Annadurai.

He also criticised the Opposition parties for not accepting Mr Raja's clarification that he was only implementing the policy laid down by the then Union (NDA) government in 1999 in the allociation of spectrum.

They had adamantly been demanding the resignation of Mr Raja and stalling the Parliament session. They had also conspired to stall the functioning of the UPA government at the Centre, Mr Karunanidhi alleged.

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