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Drop Raja, scrap Chennai Sangamam: Alagiri

Drop Raja, scrap Chennai Sangamam: Alagiri

Author: Express News Service
Publication: The New Indian Express
Date: January 5, 2011
URL: http://expressbuzz.com/edition/print.aspx?artid=236892

Speculation is rife over DMK strongman and Union minister M K Alagiri's displeasure over inaction by the party on several of his demands, including the removal of tainted former minister A Raja.

Sources said he sent a letter on Monday, highlighting his demands that included stripping Raja of all party posts and scrapping the January 12-17 Chennai Sangamam. There was no immediate confirmation on whether Alagiri threatened to quit if his demands weren't met, but observers felt that would have been the logical thing to do.

The rumours gain ground at a time when the DMK convened a highlevel meeting under Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Tuesday to chart out a strategy for the forthcoming Assembly elections. Party spokesman T K S Elangovan did not deny the speculation, but pointed out the meet would have discussed such a thing if it had happened. "I don't think such thing has happened," he told Express.

On whether Raja would be removed from the party, Elangovan was noncommittal, but said there is not much substance in the allegations against the exminister. "The truth will come out soon."

While on December 23 Elangovan admitted that Raja's interrogation by the CBI had embarrassed the party, on Tuesday he parried a question on whether the 2G scam had sullied the DMK's image. "The hullabaloo is dying down as the BJP has two views on the issue."

"Let the court decide on it. The CBI is probing the issue and the Supreme court is monitoring it."

Asked if the price rise could become a poll issue, Elangovan said the prices of essential items were under control and rice and other edible items were being given at concessional rates through fair price shops. "The Union government is doing its best."

He also ruled out strained ties with the Congress and said Karunanidhi did not snub Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by not meeting him. "He had prior appointments. The PM himself later stated the Congress-DMK are strong."

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