With situation turning tricky for Telecommunication Minister A Raja following CBI raids, the Congress has taken a morally high stand on the issue, saying that it has ‘zero tolerance’ towards corruption.
This is party’s official line on the matter. Reports said that Congress leaders off the record said that they expected Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi would not insist on ‘defending the indefensible’.
They also said that Karunanidhi was an astute politician who would not like to expose his party or the UPA government to opposition mudslinging or allow a media witch-hunt to unroll.
In short, the Congress is actually waiting for Karunanidhi to act on the matter. A top DMK functionary is likely to meet Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel with a message from the CM. For the moment, the Congress is sticking to a standard line for public consumption.
“In the Congress, we are for transparency in public life. We espouse a policy of zero tolerance towards corruption,” party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed said.
Anticipating a united BJP-Left Opposition backlash in the Winter Session of Parliament on 2G spectrum allocation, the party tried to wash its hands off the issue. Ahmed insisted that ‘the relevant facts can only emerge from the government and not from the party’.
The party continued to maintain that taking action against Raja did not arise as his name did not figure anywhere and the raids were against some officials.