Chennai: About 2000 people had gathered at the airport to meet Mr Raja. Some waved placards that that extolled the former minister as a “flame of self-respect.” Hundreds of young men wore t-shirts that declared he will “emerge clean” in the telecom trial. Many of them were from Mr Raja’s hometown Perambalur and his constituency, the Nilgiris. They say he is not tainted by his jail time or his court case – it’s a charge that has yet to be proved, they argue. He drove directly to his party Cheif Mr Karunanidhi and met him…I am happy to see my younger brother,” said Mr Karunanidhi. Mr Raja chose not to ignore the elephant in the room. “It has not affected me,” he said, referring to the telecom scam that landed him in in prison for a little over a year.
Sources said that Mr Raja will stay at his Chennai residence on Friday and Saturday. He is likely to visit his constituency on Sunday, where a large reception has been planned. On Wednesday, Mr Raja is likely to join Mr Karunanidhi at a public meeting in Tiruvarur as part of the DMK chief’s birthday celebrations.