Chennai:(Nov 15) After a long awaited decision from the DMK party it finally turned up by Mr. A. Raja resigning from the Telecom ministry. After meeting DMK supremo Mr. Karunanidhi in the last 24 hours, he rushed to New Delhi and submitted his resignation letter to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The Dalit face of DMK Mr. Raja became Telecom minister after Mr. Kalanidhi Maran resigning from the ministry in 2007. It is largely expected that the ministry will be allocated to someone from DMK party. Possibly to Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi, who is Rajya Sabha MP or T.R. Baalu who had earlier been a Cabinet minister.
After meeting the Prime minister and tendering his resignation, Raja told to reporters that “I have tendered my resignation to the PM to avoid further embarassment to the goverment and avoid disruption of proceedings in Parliament. I have resigned.”
Raja said, “we wanted to send a message to the people that as I said both inside Parliament and outside I did a revolution in the telecom sector. When I took over there was only 300 million connections in the country. Due to my efforts and endeavour today’s teledensity in the country is 729 million”.
It is said that this decision was taken to reduce the tension between the congress-DMK ties. The allegation is that he caused a loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the exchequer while allocating 2G Spectrum two years ago.