Chennai: DMK cadre on Saturday welcomed the party
leadership`s decision to pull out of UPA government and
shouted slogans supporting the move.
Even as the resolution saying DMK was pulling out of the
cabinet was being distributed to members of the media, party
workers, who had gathered in front of the meeting venue,
shouted slogans welcoming the move.
Some volunteers were seen shouting slogans against the
Congress, which according to DMK president M Karunanidhi, had
made an "unjustified" demand of 63 seats after settling for 60
for contesting the Tamil Nadu assembly polls.
The cheering crowd welcomed Karunanidhi when he arrived at
the party office to preside over the high-level committee
meeting. Even as the meeting was on, workers raised slogans
saying DMK should not continue their alliance with Congress.
When the news broke that DMK was not willing to concede
the Congress demand, DMK supporters were all in smile and many
of them said "they were relieved" at the outcome.
The parties had first come together for the 2004 Lok Sabha
polls and netted all 40 seats in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
The relationship continued for 2006 Assembly polls also,
but Congress` hopes for a share in power remained elusive
despite its crucial support for DMK government`s survival (the
DMK could not get a majority on its own), as well as the 2009
Congress` demand and insistence for power-sharing besides
remaining adamant on 63 seats is said to have caused
discomfort in the DMK ranks.
DMK is the first ally of Congress-led UPA to pull out of
the ruling coalition at the Centre. With 18 MPs in the Lok
Sabha, it is the third largest constituent of UPA after
Congress and Trinamool Congress.