DMK president M Karunanidhi exhorted his party workers to take the message to the people that there had been no scam in the telecom sector as alleged by the opposition and the media.
There seems to be a sudden swing in the mood within the DMK. From clamouring for action, including temporary suspension of A Raja, caught in the 2G spectrum allocation scandal, party leaders are now rallying behind the former Union telecom minister in a bid to put up a strong defence for him and an united front in the runup to a crucial state election.
â€œWith four months to go for assembly elections, the DMK leadership realises that disunity within the party could prove detrimental to our prospects. And, any demand for action against Raja could also indicate that sections think he is guilty,â€ pointed out a senior DMK leader.
Party sources said Raja met senior MPs from the party on Monday night at Anna Arivalayam, the DMK headquarters, to explain to them about various aspects of the spectrum issue, including allegations on estimated loss to the government exchequer. A group of MPs in turn explained to the DMK supremo that they had â€œverified Rajaâ€™s explanation with documentsâ€.
Meanwhile, Raja leaves for New Delhi by a flight at 5pm on23-12-2010 Thursday. He is expected to appear before the CBI on Friday at 11am.
Kicking off his TN itinerary with an address to the partyâ€™s youth leaders at Vanagaram, a Chennai suburb, the young Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was more combative this time. â€œI assure you, in the coming future, the CM of Tamil Nadu will be one among the members of the Youth Congress,â€â€™ he said to loud clapping and cheers.
After touching down at a helipad in Vanagaram around 11amon 22-12-2010, Rahul walked into the fortified venue, a marriage hall. The cadres cheered lustily when he said, â€œThis battle to build the future of the Congress wonâ€™t be easy. Building the party, which has been out of power for 40 years, is going to take time. We should be prepared to work, especially at the grassroots.â€
He expressed happiness at the â€œenergyâ€ he saw among Youth Congress members and said, â€œYouth power will play a role not only at the panchayat, but in the assembly and Lok Sabha elections as well. We need many of you at the national level.â€ Earlier Congress wasnâ€™t very particular about giving importance to the youth, he said. â€œNow, the situation has changed. Todayâ€™s panchayat-level leaders are the future of the Congress party,â€ Rahul said.