New Delhi: Blaming DMK for the defeat in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Assembly polls, Congress has said there is a need to "relook" at its strategy in the southern state as the party must not lose its vote bank due to "mistakes of its coalition partners".

The comments made in the editorial and an article of the latest issue of party mouthpiece 'Congress Sandesh' have come at a time when DMK chief M Karunanidhi is holding an emergency meeting of the party's high-level Action Committee.

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

Another article in the journal says, "The Congress has to have another look at their strategy in the southern state. It must not lose its vote bank due to the mistakes of its coalition partners." Congress was part of the DMK-led alliance in Tamil Nadu.

Sarvajit Singh, who is one of the two-member editorial board of 'Congress Sandesh' along with Union Minister Salman Khurshid categorically says in the article that results in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry were influenced by "public discontent" on the 2G scam being faced by  members of the DMK.

"A lot of good work done by the ruling party was lost in the public anger against the alleged huge loss to the exchequer being attributed to a DMK minister," it says.

Need to revive fortunes


The article stresses, "There is a strong need to revive the fortunes of the party at the grassroots once again."

The editorial said, "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 will prove 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."

One guiding beacon for corruption

On 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 he or she is 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 in the face of prevailing state of affairs. People now expect swift and exemplary action and rightly so...It is a challenge that we must tackle boldly..."

DMK high-level meeting being held

The DMK's high-level 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 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 circles that an important decision is likely to be taken by the Dravidian party.

The party has been going through a rough patch of late, with Kanimozhi and Karunanidhi's trusted junior colleague and former Telecom Minister A Raja being  lodged in jail for their alleged roles in the 2G spectrum scam allocation.

Karunanidhi's grand nephew and Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran is also under the scanner in the 2G case and his resignation is being demanded by the opposition. There was talk in the political circles that if the DMK decides to withdraw from the government, it could avoid the ignominy of Maran having to quit on the lines of Raja. Besides Maran, other DMK ministers at the Centre include M K Alagiri, S S Palanimanickam, Gandhiselvan, D Napolean and S  Jagatrakshakan.

(Agencies)