DMK force out to defend Raja

Chennai: DMK has said it will defend former Telecom Minister A.Raja, embroiled in the 2G spectrum controversy and remind people of the 'scams' involving AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa.

Senior DMK leaders will hold various meetings across Tamil Nadu from December 24, following a call by party patriarch and Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi, to party cadres, to reach out to people through meetings and rallies for highlighting various alleged scams during the Jayalalithaa regime.

Law Minister Duraimurugan,Union Minister S Jegathratchagan, and former Union Minister T.R. Baalu will address various public meetings on the topic 'The Truth about Spectrum,' N. Siva, DMK MP and party's propaganda secretary said.

The meetings, will cover among other places, Chennai, Coimbatore, Tiruchirappalli and Cuddalore between December 24 and 30, Siva said in a statement.

He said Opposition parties and the media were "targetting" Raja as if he had "swindled a huge amount," adding that it was nothing but an effort to topple the Karunanidhi-led DMK government which was striving for the welfare of oppressed.

He termed as "lies" the allegations against Raja, who has been summoned by CBI for questioning in connection with its probe into the 2G spectrum scam.

On Tuesday, Karunanidhi had asked partymen to reach out to the people with the scams targetting arch-rival Jayalalithaa.

"You should reach out to people with incidents including those that led to the burning of three women students and the case against her at Bangalore," he had said.

Karunanidhi was apparently referring to the burning of a university bus allegedly by AIADMK workers after Jayalalithaa was convicted in the 'Pleasant Stay Hotel' case, killing three students and the ongoing disproportionate assets case against her in Bangalore.

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