Seeking support in RS polls does not mean DMK has aligned again with Cong: Stalin

DMK on Sunday asserted its seeking Congress support in the Rajya Sabha polls did not mean that they had aligned again with that party.

Madurai: DMK on Sunday asserted its seeking Congress support in the Rajya Sabha polls did not mean that they had aligned again with that party.
"We came out of the (UPA) alliance on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue and the differences on the matter still persisted," DMK Treasurer MK Stalin said.

Addressing a meeting organised to provide election-funds for the party, Stalin said "We only sought support from the Congress in the Rajya Sabha polls for our candidate Kanimozhi and it has been misinterpreted as if we joined hands again with Congress."

Stalin`s statement comes a day after DMK patriarch and his father, M Karunanidhi rejected the charge that his party had compromised on its stand in the Sri Lankan Tamils issue by joining hands with Congress for the Rajya Sabha elections.

Karunanidhi had said the support was unconditional and was confined to the specific polls.

Congress` decision to support DMK came as a surprise against the backdrop of the bitter separation between the two parties after nine years of friendship in the UPA coalition earlier this year over the issue of alleged human rights` violations of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Lauding Karunanidhi for his statesmanship, Stalin said no other party would have won the Rajya Sabha polls with just 23 votes.

Referring to one vote being held invalid, he said such things are common and no politics should be attributed to that.

Kanimozhi was among the six candidates selected for Rajya Sabha, voting for which was held on June 27. She was expected to garner 32 votes including the five from Congress, but had to settle for 31 as one vote was declared invalid.

On the Sethusamudram project, Stalin said it was
inaugurated here by none other than Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

MDMK chief Vaiko, who supported the project during the inauguration, was now keeping quiet even though the state government has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court against the project, he charged.

Criticising Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, he alleged she has not only failed to fulfil poll promises but also stopped implementing various projects started by the previous DMK government.

He cited the example of the new Secretariat complex built by the previous DMK government being converted into a multi-speciality hospital.

He claimed that the introduction of uniform education system by DMK was mainly responsible for high percentage of pass and increase in number of students getting top ranks in the state.

Though Jayalalithaa tried to abolish the scheme, popularly known as Samacheer Kalvi Thittam, she could not succeed because the courts intervened and said it should continue, Stalin added.