The former union telecom and communication minister Andimuthu Raja who is linked to the 2G multi-crore spectrum case, is optimistic of winning from the reserved (SC) Nilgiris constituency in Tamil Nadu for a second time in a row. Outlook caught up with him at the base of the Nilgiris ghats, in Mettupalayam, while he was buttoning the cuff of his full length white shirt, readying to set off on his campaign trail up the hills to the villages near Coonoor. Graciously he sat down for a chat and was at pains to explain how he had become a victim of the difference of opinions—that of the law ministry and the CBI.
Minu Ittyipe: What are your chances of winning the elections?
A. Raja: Bright. Very bright.
The opposition say you have spent 15 months in jail and there are is no way you can win here again.
I am making it an issue. Here is my pamphlet where I have put the picture of my arrest and the details of what happened in the court. I am not evading the case. I am asking: Is it true? You believe me or...