Chennai: Ahead of a minor expansion of the
Union council of ministers on Sunday, key UPA ally DMK on Friday
said it was not in a hurry to fill up its two Cabinet slots.
"We have not decided. We don`t want to hurry up," DMK
chief M Karunanidhi told reporters when asked about the party
filling the berths.
DMK with 18 members in the Lok Sabha has refrained from
naming its choices for the two Cabinet berths from its quota,
which fell vacant following the resignations of A Raja and
Dayanidhi Maran, leaving Karunanidhi`s son M K Alagiri as the
party`s sole representative in the cabinet.
Asked to comment on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s
optimism that the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant, over which
a standoff between the protesters and the government persists,
would be operationalised in a couple of weeks, the DMK leader
gave a guarded reaction.
"I hope everyone`s opinion would have been taken into
consideration. If they had done so then I welcome it," he
On the attacks on Tamils over the Mullaiperiyar dam row
with Kerala, he said his party favoured an all-party meeting
to elicit the views of political parties on the vexed issue.
"I had already said that an all-party meet should be
convened, but instead an assembly resolution was passed. If
they (state government) had called for an all-party meet,
parties could have expressed their opinion," he said.
The Tamil Nadu assembly had passed a resolution
yesterday, asserting that the state would under no
circumstances give up its rights on the dam.