Saturday, May 21, 2011

Karunanidhi may pull out ministers, stay on with UPA

Congress says alliance continues as before

New Delhi: The arrest of DMK member of Rajya Sabha and daughter of party supremo M.Karunanidhi on Friday has evoked a muted and punctilious response from Congress party spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi.

He said, “I don't think it is necessary to comment upon ongoing judicial process regarding the merit of individual cases. All parties have legal rights and recourse to legal remedies. You can rest assured that this being an individual case and the invesitgations are on, there is no need for Congress to react and there is no need to comment upon it.”

Singhvi concluded on the pertinent political note: “This has no connection with, and no impact on, the alliance. It continues as before.”

A CPI-M leader from Tamil Nadu said on condition of anonymity that Karunanidhi may want to pull out the DMK ministers from the Manmohan Singh cabinet, but the party would remain with the UPA and support the government from outside. He has also said that there is pressure on Karunanidhi from the other members of the family that he (Karunanidhi) and the party (DMK) should distance itself from Kanimozhi and A.Raja, who are among the accused in the 2G spectrum allocation case. He also said that the best thing for Mr Karunanidhi is to come clean on the 2G spectrum allocation issue at least now.

Noted commentator and satirist Cho Ramaswamy was quite blunt in his response to the development: “It is time that Congress should break its ties with the DMK. How long will it put up with a party so involved in a corruption case?”

A DMK MP, who did not want to be identified, said he is confident that Kanimozhi's arrest is not the 'end of the road' either for the party or for her. There is no finality to what the CBI says. They have to substantiate the allegations made in the charge sheet and they have to be proved in the court. The trial is yet to begin, he said.

While conceding that there is always a cold war in any power centre – referring to the rivalries among the family members of Karunanidhi – he said that no one would do anything that will hurt the party. He denied reports that Karunaidhi is being pressured by the others in the family to distance himself from Kanimozhi.

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