DMK chief M Karunanidhi,who defended former Union telecom minister and his party MP A Raja from the front when the 2G spectrum sale scam broke out,on Tuesday said he was pleased that the special court in Delhi granted him bail while his archrival,Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa,saw the granting of bail as an indication that the case was being watered down.
Speaking to reporters at the Gopalapuram residence here,Karunanidhi said he was very happy over the development and added,when asked,that he would travel to Delhi to meet the former minister if possible. The court,while granting bail to Raja,had put in the condition that he should not travel to Tamil Nadu.
Jayalalithaa,on the other hand,said,It definitely looks as though the case is getting diluted.
The bail for Raja,once a high-flying second-rung DMK leader after Karunanidhi and family,was welcomed by DMK workers in Delhi,and his hometown Perambalur,by bursting crackers and distributing sweets. DMKs organising secretary and MP T K S Elangovan told reporters in Delhi that Raja would remain the propaganda secretary of the party.
However,it may not be as smooth for Raja again as a section of party members believe the 2G scam was the reason for the partys defeat in the Assembly elections. It was in this context that Karunanidhi was asked during Tuesdays interaction whether the party as a whole would support Raja. Though he replied in the affirmative,not everyone was convinced.
Sources said that his son and second in command,M K Stalin,is not happy about the way the spectrum scam was dealt by the party and the unlimited support extended to Raja even after it was clear that the DMK would have to pay a political price for it.
The defeat,in turn,affected Stalins chance of getting anointed as the chief minister.