'Spare Left party to decide about ties with DMK'

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Chennai, Aug 21: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and ruling DMK President M Karunanidhi on Thursday, Aug 21 urged partymen not to criticise the Left parties, till they announced their decision on the alliance issue. Referring to senior leader Arcot N Veerasamy's remarks that the Left parties would be 'without any address', if they severed ties with the DMK, Mr Karunanidhi, answering a set of questions, asked his colleagues to observe restraint, till the Left parties decide on their ties with the DMK led Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA).

''Let us not burn our commradrie and friendship in the fire of sudden changes'', the DMK leader said and suggested that till the Left parties announced their decision after August 25 and the DMK headquarters committee responded to it, partymen should not express their views in haste.

He said Mr Veerasamy's remarks against the Left parties, were 'excessive in nature' and went against the principles of the DMK party, especially when the Left leaders had announced that they would discuss the allliance issue in their state committee meetings and disclose their stand.

That Mr Karunanidhi was not happy with the Left parties was evident as he said that in the recent past they were criticising the DMK, in violation of the 'alliance dharma'.

The Left party leaders should realise how the DMK had approached the Nandigram issue and how they were trying to blow out of proportion, the alleged police excess against farmers in Rettanai village in Tamil Nadu over disbursement of wages under the National Rural Employment Gurarantee Scheme (NREGS).

The already strained relations between the ruling DMK and Left parties, hit a new low yesterday, when Mr Veerasamy flayed them for joining hands with the BJP to oppose the Indo-US nuclear deal and criticised them for trying to snap ties with the DMK. Hitting back, CPI(M) state unit secretary N Varadarajan told newspersons yesterday that Mr Veerasamy's allegation against the Left parties was nothing but political indecency.

He said the Left parties would discuss the DMK's attitude on August 25 and launch a movement against it. He had also said the Left parties would form a front comprising parties, which were not in alliance with either the Congress or BJP, clearly indicating that the honeymoon with DMK is over.

After the Left parties made their stand clear last week, Mr Karunanidhi had appealed to them not to leave the DMK led Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) in the state, in the interest of the nation and to keep the communal forces at bay.

He had suggested that the Left parties should remain in the DPA Front, unmindful of the presence of Congress as it should not apply the same yardstick for opposing the Congress in the state and at the Centre.

However, the breaking of ties between the Left parties and the DMK seemed imminent with Mr Varadarajan stating that they would not be averse to forging ties with growing parties in the state and Mr Karunanidhi expressing displeasure over Left parties' attitude towards the DMK.

After withdrawing support to the Congress led UPA government at the centre over the Indo-US nuclear deal, the Left parties had announced that support to the DMK government would continue.

But they changed their stance, after a state committee meeting in Pudukottai last week.


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