02 December, 2020

Raja Stays Unrocked

The Congress, and the PM himself, are in no hurry to act

Raja Stays Unrocked

In December 2007, Union telecom minister A. Raja came in for praise from an unusual quarter: the Tata group chairman Ratan Tata. In a handwritten letter to Tamil Nadu CM M. Karunanidhi, Tata—a victim of Raja’s predecessor Dayanidhi Maran, who had reportedly tried to arm-twist the group to give an equity share in its direct-to-home venture to the Sun TV group—reportedly praised Raja’s "rational, fair and action-oriented" leadership, stressing the spectrum controversy had been created by "vested interests".

Almost a year on, Raja—despite that unusual endorsement—finds himself in a first-class controversy. If national parties, ranging from the BJP to the CPI, CPI(M) and Samajwadi Party, as well as local Tamil Nadu parties such as Vaiko’s MDMK, not to mention Sun TV, have been baying for his blood, the DMK has been standing steadfast by his side. Karunanidhi has been quoted as saying he believes Raja’s explanation. A DMK source told Outlook: "The DMK is fully...



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