No RS seat to ally of Ramadoss: Karunanidhi

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Chennai, Mar 8:Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK president M Karunanidhi, heading the ruling DPA coalition in the State, today virtually slammed the doors on key ally PMK's request for allotment of a Rajya Sabha seat, saying its turn would come only during the next polls.

Mr Karunanidhi's firm ''no'' comes two days after PMK founder Dr S Ramadoss issued an ultimatum to the ruling DMK to reconsider its decision and allot one seat to the party by March 15. It also put a question mark over even a remote chance of a rapproachment between the two parties over the imbroglio. Elections to fill six Rajya Sabha seats from the Tamil Nadu Assembly, which fall vacant on April 2, would be held on March 26.

In a statement here, Mr Karunanidhi explained how the DMK allotted seats to its allies during the previous polls in 2004 and 2007 and said as per rotation, this time one seat was allotted to the CPI(M), which had not been given a chance for the last six years.He also appealed to all parties in the DPA to extend a helping hand to ensure that the issue could be solved without giving room for any hard feelings.

Observing that the issue should be sorted out through a constructive thought process, he said the bare truth was that there was no chance for all the three allies, the Congress, CPI(M) and the PMK to share the available seats.

Turning down the demand of the PMK, Mr Karunanidhi said the PMK was given a seat in 2004 following which Dr Anbumani Ramadoss became a Union Minister and he continued to hold the post. The term of Dr Anbumani Ramadoss expires only in 2010 and there was no necessity warranting the DMK to allot a seat. ''If his (Anbumani's) term expires now, then the DMK after consulting the allies would have allotted the seat to the PMK''.

Mr Karunanidhi said the DMK was not a party which had not given opportunity to its alliance partners. ''Though the DMK, which has 96 members can easily win three seats by securing just six more votes, it had decided to retain two seats and follow the practice of giving the balance 28 votes to its alliance partners,'' he said.

''In that order the PMK comes first, followed by the CPI. Now it is the turn of the Congress and if there is a possibility, a seat to the CPI(M). If one go by this pattern, the PMK will get a seat only after the CPI(M),'' Mr Karunanidhi argued and added that the DMK was not against PMK having two members in the Rajya Sabha.

''It is only just and fair that the DMK and other allies support the nominees of the Congress,'' he said and added that the DMK decided to create an opportunity for the CPI(M) this time as it had not been accommodated for the last six years.

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