Karuna non-committal on DMK-PMK tie up

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 23:58

Chennai: Two days after declaring that PMK
had joined the DMK-led alliance for the coming Assembly polls
in Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Tuesday remained
non-committal on the issue, leaving a cloud of uncertainty.

"I was under the impression (that PMK was aligning
with DMK) following circumstances and various communications
they had been having with us on this matter," he told
reporters at the party headquarters on arrival from Delhi.

When pointed out that PMK leader S Ramadoss had twice
written to him last year favouring electoral ties with DMK but
had now reversed his stance, he said, "You should not ask that
question to me."

Asked if PMK would still make it to the DMK alliance
which also had Congress in it, he said, "When he (Ramadoss)
has refuted my statement, this question does not arise."

Shortly after Karunanidhi`s announcement on the
alliance, Ramadoss had said that his party has not yet taken
any decision on the issue.

Karunanidhi said his Delhi visit had been a
"successful" one, both from a political and official points of
view.

The DMK chief denied reports that Congress had made a
pitch for power-sharing during discussions with the national
party`s leadership in Delhi in case the DMK-Congress combine
sailed through the Assembly elections scheduled in May.

He said committees in the DMK and Congress would be
formed soon to discuss seat sharing and constituencies and
said that "this combine has already decided to fight the
elections from the same platform".

Forged in 2004, the DMK-Congress combine has fought
together and won the 2004 and 2009 Lok Sabha polls as well as
the 2006 Assembly elections.

On the issue of Tamil Nadu fishermen allegedly being
repeatedly attacked by the Sri Lankan Navy, Karunanidhi said
he had discussed the matter in detail during the chief
ministers` conference on internal security earlier today and
also taken it up with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during
their meeting yesterday.

Karunanidhi said External Affairs Minister S M Krishna
and Foreign Secretary Nirapama Rao had called on him in Delhi
today, where Rao had apprised him of her visit to Colombo to
discuss the fishermen attack.

Asked if retrieval of Katchatheevu, an islet ceded to
Sri Lanka, would solve the vexed issue of Tamil Nadu fishermen
allegedly being attacked by the Lankan Navy, he said it is a
question of debate.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 23:58

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