Cong says no trouble to alliance with DMK

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New Delhi, Feb 3 (PTI) Congress today gave enoughindications that there was no trouble to its alliance with DMKdespite the party strongly backing former Telecom minister ARaja and described the move as the ally''s "internal matter".

Senior party leaders speaking on condition of anonymitysought to point out that DMK has not spoken anything againstCongress and that it was natural for its southern partner "tospeak favourably for their old colleague, who was a five timeMP."

Party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said, "It is notappropriate for any political party to comment on decisions ofanother party. Whatever decision, the DMK has taken or nottaken is their internal matter. It is not for Congress tocomment on it."

In a resolution passed by its top decision making body,DMK today said in Chennai that Raja''s arrest did not prove hisguilt in the 2G spectrum case and accused the opposition oftrying to "malign" the party on the issue.

Singhvi also did not find anything wrong in DMK givinga clean chit to Raja and added "We are not commenting on his(Raja) being guilty or not guilty" but at the same timeclaimed a high moral ground on action in corruption cases.

He said the true test for any party in government isnot that an allegation will not surface but the action ittakes when such a thing emerges, adding that on that countCongress has always taken action.

Singhvi also attacked BJP for dragging the PrimeMinister into the 2G Spectrum allocation controversy andquestioned the role of the top leaders of the main oppositionparty into Karnataka land scam scandal.

"Due to Prime Minister''s silence for three years in abid to save his chair, the nation had to face such a huge lossfor three years," Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya SabhaJaitley said.

BJP President Nitin Gadkari alleged that the PrimeMinister and his cabinet were responsible for the policydecisions on 2G spectrum allocation. "Others cannot get awaywith a clean image by sacrificing Kalmadi and Raja - thoughthe two may be guilty. The government cannot make themscapegoats and get away," he added.

Singhvi reacted sharply to it saying the BJP shouldfirst start "house cleaning from their backyards in Karnataka"and questioning "should Advani and two Opposition leaders ofLok Sabha and Rajya Sushama Swaraj and Arun Jaitley alsoresign on same principles...they looked the other way in thecase of Karnataka and Uttarakhand".

He also accused the BJP of "turning a blind eye toYeddyurppa''s corruption".

He also dismissed speculations of any problem toCongress-DMK alliance saying, "There is an alliance in placeat this time and there is other development contrary to it.

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