Fear of backlash from DMK stayed PM's hand: MSN poll
The poll conducted on Nov 20-21 had asked the readers if they believed that "Prime Minister Manmohan Singh failed to intervene in the 2G spectrum allotment by A Raja, fearing a backlash from the DMK."
A majority of the voters responded saying they believed that the Prime Minister failed to act against former Union telecom minister A Raja, a DMK MP, because of the potential adverse reaction from its alliance partner, the DMK. The minister was forced to resign from his post last week, consequent to pressure from the opposition and the media.
The support of the 18 MPs who owe allegiance to the DMK is critical for the Congress to keep the UPA alliance afloat in the Lok Sabha.
Out of a total of 21,474 responses, 17,249, or 80 per cent of those who participated in the poll, said they "totally agreed" with the proposition advanced that it was the pressure from the DMK that did not allow Manmohan Singh to intercede and arrest the events that led to a full-blown scam.
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