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Raja home, DMK chief greets ‘brother’

After spending nearly a year and half away from his home state, the period he spent in custody for questioning and then in jail while the 2G spectrum scam trial commenced, former union telecom minister A Raja returned to Tamil Nadu on Friday to a grand welcome which, however, lacked the participation of senior DMK leaders.

There were hoardings, placards and t-shirts with his image; flowers, crackers, and shawls; song and dance and slogans waiting for Raja at the Chennai airport when he landed with his family on an evening flight from Delhi. The supporters were mainly from Raja’s native place Perambalur and his present constituency The Nilgiris.

From the airport, Raja drove straight to the DMK headquarters to meet DMK president M Karunanidhi, the patriarch who had thrown his weight behind Raja for much of the incarceration period. The two spoke for a while before presenting themselves before the waiting mediapersons. “It felt like meeting a younger brother who was away from the family for long,” Karunanidhi later said.

Raja continues to enjoy the same position in the party and would participate in public functions, said Karunanidhi, while Raja stressed that he received unstinting support from the leader and the party.

Though Karunanidhi and Raja spoke the words that was expected of them and DMK treasurer M K Stalin marked his presence while remaining silent, the lack of notable party leaders and cadres at the airport and at Arivalayam was conspicuous.

Repeated questions about the reception accorded to him, comparing it with the celebration that Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi received last December, made Karunanidhi lose his temper momentarily.

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