No constitutional breakdown, SC order not violated: TN CM

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Chennai, Oct 1 (UNI) Asserting that there was no constitutional breakdown in the State, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today said there was no question of violating the Supreme Court order restraining the bandh, as there was no stipulation against observing a fast.

Asked about the apex court warning the ruling DMK of serious consequences if it failed to implement the court's order, restraining it from going ahead with the statewide bandh call, he said ''we are abiding by yesterday's order.'' He said there was no case pending before the apex court about the DMK-led DPA's decision to observe a fast and nobody had made any comment about yesterday's order, restraining the DMK led DPA from going ahead with the bandh (scheduled for today).

When the Opposition AIADMK brought to the notice that a bandh was being observed in the State, despite its stay order, a Bench of Justices B N Agarwal and P Sathasivam took serious note and observed that ''it amounted to nothing but contempt of court.'' The court said going ahead with the bandh call amounted to complete breakdown of constitutional machinery in the State and the UPA Government at the Centre should not shy away from imposing President's Rule in the State.

''It may appear like that to you,'' Mr Karunanidhi shot back, when a reporter sought his reaction about Supreme Court's remarks on breakdown of constitutional machinery in the State.

He said even now, if the Supreme Court says that the fast should not be observed, ''we will abide by the order as the DMK is a law abiding party and we do not want the law to be subverted.'' Justifying the fast, Mr Karunanidhi, who observed fast for few hours and 'gave it up' in deference to the appeal made by the alliance party leaders, said after the apex court had stayed the bandh, ''we had no other option, but to go on fast to express our feelings.'' (ED : PlS PICK UP SUITABLY FROM EARLIER SERIES).

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