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Manmohan upset with DMK ministers in UPA

manmohan The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government is not only under attack from the opposition but some of its ministers too are not enjoying the full faith of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Prime Minister is very upset with two Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(DMK) nominees – Minister of Communications and Information Technology A Raja and Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways TR Baalu.Raja has been nicknamed the spectrum scam man by the opposition while Baalu is facing flak for not doing enough to build more roads.But now the opposition’s charge has got more teeth.However, Raja says that there is no corruption in the allocation of spectrum.
Karuna defends Raja on spectrum allocation issue
“The entire allocation process is transparent. The Allocation caused no loss to exchequer and the entire process is in line with 2001 guidelines,” Raja claims.The sale of spectrum bands was meant to have generated a windfall for the government.However, from the Leader of Opposition to Prime Minister’s own new-found friends the Samajwadi Party; everyone is having a go at Raja.”A representative of the cartel met me and through me they wanted to meet Mulayam Singh (SP chief). They wanted to pay an obscene amount of money for our silence,” Amar Singh General Secretary said.
In times of global recession, the Prime Minister wants his key infrastructure related ministries to pull up their socks. But the state of affairs in Baalu’s Surface Transport Ministry is very bad.Manmohan Singh is upset with the National Highway Development Authority for having failed to make the desired level of progress. Even as public sector undertakings are willing to spend but the projects under the ministry are just not taking shape.There are many allegations of corruption against the minister including those of Baalu’s family benefiting from dredging contracts for Sethusamudram and the use of his office for gas allocations for his sons firm which have embarrassed the Prime Minister.
Sources also say that the Prime Minister is keen on going for elections earlier if the current round of Assembly elections throws up a favourable response.As a man who has made enormous capital out of his clean image, corruption amongst key ministries is something that he would want to address at the earliest.

November 26, 2008 Posted by | politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment