With the trial court exonerating all accused in 2G spectrum case, it’s a journey back from ‘national loss’ to ‘notional loss’ in the contentious issue, which shook the politics of the nation in years preceding the last general election.As the court acquitted the accused, citing lack of evidence, the judgement comes as a moral booster for Congress just days after the Gujarat results.The alleged scam in 2G was not only a prime reason for decimation of UPA II in 2014 general election but also came handy to the BJP in successive assembly polls as including the Gujarat state elections, which concluded last week.With Congress now able to shed its corruption tag related to 2G, the judgement will have ramifications for Assembly elections due next year.BJP had lapped up the issue to taint Congress as steeped in corruption in the run-up to the 2014 general elections. BJP used the issue to paint Manmohan Singh as not only a “weak” Prime Minister under who corruption “thrived” but frequently suggested even his “complicity” into the matter.With Congress now able to shed its corruption tag related to 2G, the Thursday’s judgement will have ramifications for assembly elections due next year in over half a dozen states particularly in Karnataka, Madhya Pradess, Chhatisgarh and Rajasthan where the issue of corruption will be one of the major poll planks.The result will also have a crucial impact on Tamil Nadu politics, where DMK appears to be in a resurgent mode. With both former telecom Minister A Raja and DMK Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi discharged or corruption and money laundering charges, the DMK will have a confident face while internal turmoil roils its principle rival AIADMK post J Jayalalitha’s death.With taint over, DMK is no more politically untouchable even for BJP. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in first week of November visited the home of ailing DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi. Political possibilities for DMK are now wide open after the judgement.
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