DMK unsure of holding Raja's hands in the 'moment of truth'

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M Karunanidhi
Chennai, Jul 26: After former Telecom Minister A Raja's explosive indictment of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram for their part in the 2G spectrum allocation scam, the DMK has chose to tread a middle path in their allegiance towards Raja in the wake of such a severe accusation on top UPA faces in the Cabinet.

The DMK in a statement on Monday said that Raja was stating his personal thoughts and his comments did not have the blessings of the DMK. Raja's revelations are sure to cause some upsets within the Congress-led UPA government. The DMK had recently declared in their General Council meeting that they still support Kanimozhi and Raja. But in spite of this, the party's lenience towards Kanimozhi was evident and the recent revelations could be Raja's final bid to come out clean in the murky 2G scam.

Party members are however glad that Raja has finally mustered courage and spoken for his defence after increasingly being portrayed as a sacrificial lamb. The Congress however considers Raja's move as a last tactic to protect himself. A senior DMK leader said, "It is nothing new for us. He has been saying for long that he merely followed his predecessors and the PM and FM approved the flow of foreign investment to some companies. We don"t know why the media is sensationalising it."

In an all-out effort to fight his case to the hilt, Raja was supported by DMK chief Karunanidhi who reiterated that the former telecom minister was merely following his predecessors Arun Shourie and Dayanidhi Maran in not auctioning the spectrum.

A former minister was quoted as saying, "Raja is in jail for the last five months. He has been maintaining that his ministry has nothing to do with Unitech Wireless and Swan Telecom attracting huge investments from foreign partners. We are not surprised."

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