DMK not to pull out of UPA

DMK has clarified that it will not pull out of the UPA govt at the Centre.

Last Updated: Jun 11, 2011, 00:39 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Chennai: Putting to rest speculation about an imminent withdrawal of support, DMK has clarified that it will not pull out of the UPA government at the Centre. The decision was taken at DMK’s emergency meeting of its high level committee convened at its headquarters in Chennai on Friday.

The party’s emergency meeting came in the wake of the Delhi High Court`s rejection of bail plea of chief M Karunanidhi`s daughter Kanimozhi, who is currently lodged in the Tihar jail in Delhi. Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV Managing Director Sharad Kumar are accused as co-conspirators and beneficiaries of the 2G spectrum scam.

Emerging out of a nearly two-hour meeting, DMK chief M
Karunanidhi said he has nothing against the Congress and was
not disappointed with the party not helping it in the case.

However, he said the DMK`s general council will meet
next month to decide on its ties with other parties as it
was the only authorised body to take such important decisions.

The party has 18 MPs in Lok Sabha and is the third
largest partner of the UPA.

In a resolution adopted at the meeting attended by
senior leaders K Anbazhagan, MK Stalin, MK Alagiri and
Dayanidhi Maran, the DMK charged the CBI with adopting "double
standards" in arresting Kanimozhi in the 2G scam case.

The meeting also decided to fight legally the charge
against Kalaignar TV, in which Kanimozhi and her stepmother
Dayalu Ammal are stakeholders, that Rs 200 crore loan received
by it from DB Realty was part of the 2G scam.

The committee maintained that the loan was part of a
private transaction and had nothing to do with the 2G spectrum
allocation scam. The transaction was private, transparent and
done through banks, it said.

Karunanidhi refused to subsribe to the view that the
party was defeated in the April 13 assembly polls due to the
2G scam. "Some vested interests due to jealousy had blown the
2G issue out of proportion," he said.

On the arrest of Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV Managing
Director Sarath Kumar, the resolution said that the CBI, which
interrogated both, did not arrest them then.

"But when they appeared before the special court at
Delhi, they were arrested. CBI pleaded against their release
on bail. This exposes the double standards of CBI," the
resolution said.

It noted that legal experts had stated Kanimozhi`s
arrest was illegal and said the DMK would fight it out in the
Supreme Court.

In a bid to create public awareness on the issue, the
party has decided to organise public meetings all over the state
for ten days from June 20, the resolution said.

The meeting also decided to convene a meeting of the
party`s general council next month.

The emergency meeting today was chaired by the party president M Karunanidhi and attended by most senior party leaders.

The decision to continue support to the UPA came amid buzz created by Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s visit to Delhi. The AIADMK supremo is slated to call on Sonia Gandhi.

Tongues had set wagging about new equations in Delhi after Sonia Gandhi had apparently called Jayalalithaa to congratulate her on her victory and then invited her for tea.

Congress has been distancing itself from DMK ever since corruption cases surfaced against several of its ministers. The Congress has also blamed the Dravidian party for its poor performance at recent elections in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

The Grand Old Party has made no intervention to help ease out cases being faced by DMK members. On a recent visit to Delhi, Karunanidhi had skipped meeting Sonia Gandhi indicating the strain between the two parties.

Karunanidhi`s grand nephew and union minister Dayanidhi Maran is also facing heat over the telecom controversy.

Aircel founder C Sivasankaran this week told the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) that he was forced to sell stake in his company after his applications for telecom licence was rejected in 2006 by former communications minister Maran.

Nonetheless, Karunanidhi distanced himself from the controversy surrounding Dayanidhi Maran. He said that Maran will answer all the questions himself.

Maran has so far denied all the charges.

With Agencies Inputs