DMK may skip UPA-II anniversary celebrations

Last Updated: Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 21:42

New Delhi/Chennai: Sulking over the
arrest of party MP Kanimozhi, the DMK may keep away from the
celebrations to mark the second anniversary of the UPA-II
government here on Sunday.

DMK Parliamentary Party Leader TR Baalu, who was here
in a local court during hearing of the 2G spectrum scam in
which Kanimozhi was also present, returned to Chennai for
consultations with the party leadership.

Some Union Ministers, including Textiles Minister
Dayanidhi Maran, and MPs of the party also left for Chennai
this evening.

There was no official word on whether the DMK would
participate in the celebrations at the Prime Minister`s
residence tomorrow evening when Manmohan Singh, UPA
Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, senior ministers and leaders of
other allied parties will be present.

DMK, with 18 MPs, is the third largest constituent of
the UPA and has six ministers, including two with cabinet
rank, in the Council of Ministers.

Sources said the DMK may not be in a celebratory mood
with Kanimozhi, daughter of M Karunanidhi in jail on bribery
charges.

However, sources said it could be too early for DMK to
start thinking on the lines of breaking with Congress since it
has also lost power in Tamil Nadu.

The possibility of a low-key representation at
tomorrow`s function cannot also be ruled out, they said.

Upset over the arrest of Kanimozhi, DMK chief
Karunanidhi had said yesterday that he was in a position like
that of any father whose daughter faced a similar situation
for no fault of hers.

He had also said the DMK general council would decide
on future ties with Congress.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 21:42

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