DMK to launch save Raja campaign

Karunanidhi quotes Tata on fair play, cautions cabinet colleague

“You should not mistake me for calling on you. Though I am a top industrialist if I seek any concession from your government for my industry, it is on the basis of fair-play and reasonableness and there can be no financial dealings in this," the chief minister quoted Tata to have said when he met him at the secretariat here (when the Tatas were keen to go ahead with their Titanium project in South Tamil Nadu).

“I also heard that you (Karunanidhi) too are not of that type (who takes money),” he further quoted Tata, while addressing functionaries from the southern districts here on Wednesday evening.

A copy of Karunanidhi’s speech was made available to the media on Thursday.
The DMK chief also came down heavily on one of his cabinet colleagues - Poongothai Aladi Aruna- whose comments on his Madurai-based son M K Azhagiri (being a "cut-throat politician") was caught on one of the Radia tapes.

Radia also told Poongothai that the DMK MP and Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi must mend fences with Azhagiri.  While Poongothai has denied the contents of that taped chat with Radia, the DMK chief urged her to focus on party work and show greater maturity.

“After all this (expose), you should rather focus on party work and display greater maturity (in refraining from such casual talk),” Karunanidhi said.  

Though it was meant to be a stern warning for all party workers,the comment was directed at the state IT minister.

As disgraced former telecom minister A Raja prepares to face CBI interrogation in New Delhi on Friday, Karunanidhi directed his party propaganda secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Trichy N Siva to hold state-wide public meetings from December 24 to counter the “misinformation” being spread by AIADMK chief Jayalalitha.

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