15 June, 2021

Some Sops On The Side

Some Sops On The Side

WAS the removal of Tamil Nadu chief minister M. Karunanidhi's name from the "list of suspects" in the Action Taken Report (ATR) of the Jain Commission an attempt to build bridges with the DMK at a time when Jayalalitha seemed ready to pull the rug? Consider the facts. When the first draft of the ATR was ready for submission, disclose Home Ministry sources, it was felt that the bureaucrats had not done a good job and pressure from the AIADMK through Union ministers R. Kumaramangalam and V. Ramamurthy ensured that Karu-nanidhi's name was put on the list with the knowledge of the "highest authority in the ministry."

 But then Jayalalitha went ballistic and the BJP feared the worst. In a letter written to DMK MP Murasoli Maran on August 19, Advani said Karunanidhi's name had been included "inadvertently". The DMK, naturally, went to town with the letter and the "lapse" was even described as a "clerical error". The BJP remained nice and quiet while it was left to Amma to attack the DMK's...

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