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DMK Holds Top-Level Meeting to Decide Alliance With Congress Party

Courtesy: The Hindu

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New Delhi: A top-level meeting of Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) has been convened today by party chief M Karunanidhi to review DMK’s alliance with the Congress party. A relation between both parties has worsened following the party’s lawmaker Kanimozhi’s arrest and dismissal of bail plea by the Delhi High Court in connection with the much talked 2G spectrum scam.

Courtesy: The Hindu

As his patience runs out, the frustrated DMK patriarch, in his first direct attack on the Congress party since the 2G taint touched his doorstep, squarely blamed the Congress for his daughters plight.

“My daughter is in jail because of the Centre’s orders or its complacency,” said Karunanidhi.

The statement in Thiruvarur came two days after he warned by saying, “Bad friendships end up in trouble”.

As Kanimozhi now denied bail by the Delhi High Court too, the party top brass has decided to meet in Chennai.

Out of power in Tamil Nadu, continuing with the alliance at the Centre may be a political imperative for the DMK. But sources say, a section is in favour of at least considering an exit from the UPA.

Karunanidhi may opt to withdraw ministers from the Cabinet and provide outside support to the Government – a threat the DMK had held forth earlier but gone back on.

The other option would be withdrawal support entirely. This extreme step would only leave the DMK more vulnerable, with the party needing the Congress more than the other way.

Now with Dayanidhi Maran also facing allegation, a section of the family that’s beginning to feel the heat, wants the DMK to break its alliance with the Congress. But the question is whether the party, after its rout in Tamil Nadu, can really afford to lose hold on the Centre. Observers feel, despite its loud posturing, the DMK will not break its alliance in New Delhi.

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