DMK-PMK break-up has no impact on UPA: Cong

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New Delhi, Jun 18 (UNI) The Congress today said the expulsion of the PMK from the DMK-led Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) in Tamil Nadu would not have any impact on the ruling UPA at the Centre.

AICC spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan, however, refused to comment on DMK's unilateral decision to remove the PMK without consulting the Congress.

She also rejected as hypothetical questions whether the PMK would continue to be part of the UPA government even if it allied with the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu.

The Congress would work out its strategy as and when the possible permutations and combinations of political parties in Tamil Nadu became a reality, she said.

The spokesperson also parried a query on whether the UPA was disintegrating in the wake of several of its constituents like the TRS, JMM and PMK breaking away.

Asked whether the Congress was keen on retaining the PMK in the UPA, she merely said DMK President M Karunanidhi had made it clear that he would not seek the removal of the PMK from the Manmohan Singh government.

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