Raja and 2G scam: Opposition wants PM statement

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The 2G scam and the allegations against Telecom Minister A Raja were not discussed in his meeting with Sonia Gandhi on Monday morning, says DMK chief M Karunanidhi.

After her meeting with Karunanidhi, the Congress President met with the Prime Minister.

The Telecom Minister, who is a key member of the DMK, has been accused of a giant scam in the allocation of 2G spectrum in 2008.

The Opposition claims that by skipping an auction, and awarding licenses to 9 operators, Raja cost the government 69,000 crores.

On Sunday, Karunanidhi told NDTV that Raja will not resign. The DMK chief is on his first visit to Delhi since UPA2 came to power last year.

Both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha were adjourned on Monday morning as AIADMK and BJP members flashed newspaper reports of Raja's alleged involvement in the 2G scam. (Read: Both Houses adjourned over 2G turbulence)

In the Rajya Sabha, AIADMK member V Maitreyan demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should make a statement on the issue.

"Everyday new facts are emerging in news reports (on the role of Raja in the telecom scam)," he said.
    
Maitreyan was supported by BJP members who rose in their seats.

As Opposition members continued with their protest, the Chairman adjourned the House till 1200 hours.


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