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Tuesday, Oct 26, 2021
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Bandman’s Twist

Despite the CBI probe, Raja walks the political edge, keeps his seat

Bandman’s Twist
Jjitender Gupta
Bandman’s Twist
outlookindia.com
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The Key Players

  • Manmohan Singh, PM Deft attack to put pressure on an ally’s tainted minister.
  • M. Karunanidhi, DMK Supports Raja, but is also maintaining a surprising silence.
  • Nripendra Mishra, Former TRAI Head Was at loggerheads with Raja. Will he speak up now?
  • Siddharth Behura, Former DoT Secy Seen as a key Raja man, is he the fall guy?

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Unanswered Questions

  • Why is the Congress running the risk of conflict with a long-standing political ally?
  • What’s the new information that precipitated CBI action on a two-year-old scam?
  • Why did CVC wait for the retirement of DoT secretary Siddharth Behura on Sept 30, 2009, before transferring the case to the CBI?
  • Raja says the PM and FM were consulted, but no one is backing that claim or even giving an opinion on it. Why?
  • Why is DMK relatively quiet except for a measured show of support for Raja?
  • If Raja is showing no inclination to quit, and the PM isn’t showing him the door, then what is the real purpose of the investigation?

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Conspiracy theories galore

  • The cartel of big telecom operators (which Raja himself refers to) is hard at play, targeting the viability of the newer players
  • DMK’s Karunanidhi is playing a sharp political game to bring daughter Kanimozhi into the national political scene
  • The PMO wants a weak Raja in order to cement its growing clout in the important ministry

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