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Congress blames DMK for drubbing in TN polls

Last updated on: June 10, 2011 16:31 IST

Congress blames DMK for drubbing in TN polls

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The Congress has virtually blamed the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam for the drubbing in the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry assembly elections.

"The results in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry were affected by the 2G scam and these states were lost to other parties," the editorial in the latest issue of 'Congress Sandesh' said.

Congress was part of the DMK-led alliance in Tamil Nadu.

The issue has come at a time when DMK chief M Karunanidhi is holding an emergency meeting of the party's high-level action committee.


Image: A file photo of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi with DMK president Karunanidhi

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The editorial also noted that the Congress has fared well in the assembly polls by retaining power in Assam, returning to power in Kerala besides trouncing the Left Front government in West Bengal with its alliance partner Trinamool Congress.

The article said, "The investigating agencies are looking into many high profile cases of corruption that have attracted a great deal of public attention.

"The handling of these cases constitutes a litmus test and the agencies involved should act without fear or favour and bring to book all those who are guilty, irrespective of their position or status," it said.


Image: A DMK party office in rural Tamil Nadu

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The DMK meeting, the first after the party's drubbing in the assembly polls in which it finished a poor third, is being held in the wake of the Delhi high court denying bail to DMK MP and Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi in the 2G case.

She is currently lodged in Tihar jail.

The DMK's direction to all members of the committee to "participate in the meeting without fail" has fuelled talk in Congress that an important decision is likely to be taken by the Dravidian party.


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On the issue of corruption, the editorial noted, "For an investigating agency, there can be only one guiding beacon, only one gold standard and that is the law of the land, whoever transgresses it, however mighty, has to be brought to book."

The editorial says, "The issue of ethics and transparency in governance is a subject, which has attracted a great deal of attention in the recent days. There is a growing feeling in the people that our laws, systems and procedures are not effective in dealing with corruption.

"We must recognise that there is little public tolerance now for the prevailing state of affairs. People now expect swift and exemplary action and rightly so...It is a challenge that we must tackle boldly," it said.


Image: Dayanidhi Maran

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