Opp campaign on 2G politially motivated: Karuna

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Chennai, Jan 25 (PTI) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MKarunanidhi today dubbing the Opposition parties'' campaignagainst DMK on the 2G spectrum allocation issue as politicallymotivated and accused them of trying to deceive people byhighlighting the Rs 1.76 lakh crore "presumptive loss".

Writing in party organ "Murasoli", he said the lossarising out of allocation of 2G specturm on priority basiscould not be of the amount "as alleged by the opposition."

Even the CAG had said in his report that the amountarrived at was a presumptive loss, which was debatable,Karunanidhi, whose partyman A Raja was forced to resign asUnion Telecom Minister over the 2G issue, said.

The opposition had taken that figure and startedpropagating that the government had incurred a huge loss, hesaid.

The loss could be arrived through several ways, but ina welfare state, a government could not function on the basisof earning profits as it had to take into account socialbenefit at large, he said.

Even the policy of first-come-first served was nottaken by Raja, he said adding that the former minister simplyfollowed the decision taken by the Group of Ministers duringthe NDA regime.

He said 2G and 3G could not be compared as 2G was 4.2Mhz while the 3G was 6.4 Mhz. Nobody should forget the factthat the 3G was superior than 2G and there could not be anycomparison in the revenue earned in the allocation of thesespectrum, he said.

On the demand for a JPC probe, he said the previousexperience had shown that such probe could not find out truth.

He said the PAC was headed by an opposition MP, but aJPC would be normally led by a ruling party member.

Karunanidhi said he had already stated that the DMKwould not hesitate to take action against Raja if he was foundguilty.

The allegations against the DMK on the issue were onlyto deceive the people, the DMK chief said.

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