Strange bedfellows

January 22nd, 2011

It’s tough to be a Congressman in Tamil Nadu.

Just consider. First, it is the Congress which is shoring up the government in the state, but it is the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam which has all the ministers and the veto power at the centre.

Why isn’t the Congress part of the ruling establishment in the state? Because the party doesn’t want to be tainted by association.

OK, so the party has to both defend and criticise the DMK.

Now consider: A Raja used to be a nondescript lawyer until he became environment minister and then telecommunications minister.

Suddenly he acquired a palatial home, his family began to look prosperous, he acquired new friends…

Then there were all these stories of corruption.

And who defended Raja ?

Obviously the DMK, because he was a member of their party. But most vociferously? the Congress.

HRD Minister Kapil Sibal attacked those who were critical of Raja including the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). That refrain was taken up by party general secretary Manish Tiwari.

And what did the CAG say? He said the government had suffered a presumptive loss and pointed out that there were four ways in which spectrum could have been auctioned.

Oddly enough, the CAG’s criticism was also voiced by all those who were sympathetic to Niira Radia, a big player in appointing Raja.

So what should the Congress in Tamil Nadu say or do? One of their most senior ministers in Delhi is attacking those who are criticisng Raja’s conduct. Raja is not from their party.

Difficult position to defend? You bet. That’s why, it is hard to be a Congressman from Tamil Nadu….

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