with A. Raja
May 22, 2009
AR: Raja here
NR: Hi! I got a message from Barkha Dutt just now.
AR: What does she say?
NR: She says…she’s been following up the story with Prime Minister's Office tonight. In fact, she was the one who told me that Sonia Gandhi went there. She says that he has no problem with you, but he has a problem with Baalu.
AR: The only thing is, (Dayanidhi) Maran will start a campaign against me. That has to be taken care of…he may say in the press that a tainted minister is coming again, spectrum…
NR: We’ll handle it. Don't worry. Even Congress had to make that statement.
TD: Manmohan Singh does not want Raja and Baalu.
NR: He's okay with Raja but he does not want Baalu.
TD: But can he (Raja) be put somewhere apart from telecom?
NR: You are far better having Raja in telecom because... he will behave himself. Trust me, he will behave himself.
NR: I've told Raja, you are making a very, very big blunder, you know (supporting Anil Ambani).
TD: Hmm, hmm.
NR: Because this time, Ratan has written a nice letter about you. He may say OK, you gave him a dual technology licence, so he wrote a nice letter, which he shouldn't have done, but he'll come out very strongly against you.
NR: So he said, "No, no no". I said I'll tell Kanimozhi (Karunanidhi’s daughter) that that's what you're doing.
SA: I believe yeh spectrum allocation jo hua hai, the biggest beneficiary is the younger brother (Anil Ambani).
NR: Is who, yes, younger brother. Absolutely. Toh abhi woh sab reverse karna zaroori hai.
SA: Then how come he has made the younger brother the biggest beneficiary, and you people are supporting him like anything?
NR: Yeh bahut complex issue hai—mera client Tatas bhi bahut beneficiary rahe hain ismein.
NR: Just want to tell you that Round II of the telecom battle starts. I don't know how many more battles there will be.
RT: I'm surprised that Raja, after all that you supposedly did for him, is playing this game.
Ratnam: They say 50 per cent of the rent has to be paid by us...that is not possible.
NR: Haan. But when you were in Bombay it was agreed...
Ratnam: Very clearly it was agreed and Krishna Kumar (Tata Sons director) also said he will talk to Voltas and he will waive that.
NR: In the middle of the night (Raja) called Anil Ambani to come and collect his LoI for a dual-technology licence.
NR: ...when you ask Mr Raja what's the matter, Mr Raja why are you doing this, his view is, 'What do I do, I have a party to run.' OK?
NR: It's not a cheque-cheque that we give…when they start working on the hospital, on certain areas that I decided, between the wards or equipment, then those disbursements start happening.
RKC: Okay, toh aap ek kaam karo na, you just talk...call him, minister...
NR: They (Unitech) keep on playing up and of course it's sad but they talk about everything else under the sun other than what is outstanding. I've just saved them from 60 crore of a bounced cheque with Tatas, another one, right?
RB: Another one?
NR: All their cheques have bounced.
NR: Yeah but minister has told me that he is going to vehemently oppose that (changing spectrum allocation criteria).
Madhav: Yeah because there are other…
NR: Swan, no Swan.
NR: Swan is his personal interest, no…he's told me that.