Karuna non-committal on DMK-PMK tie up

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Chennai, Feb 1 (PTI) Two days after declaring that PMKhad joined the DMK-led alliance for the coming Assembly pollsin Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today remainednon-committal on the issue, leaving a cloud of uncertainty.

"I was under the impression (that PMK was aligningwith DMK) following circumstances and various communicationsthey had been having with us on this matter," he toldreporters at the party headquarters on arrival from Delhi.

When pointed out that PMK leader S Ramadoss had twicewritten to him last year favouring electoral ties with DMK buthad now reversed his stance, he said, "You should not ask thatquestion to me."

Asked if PMK would still make it to the DMK alliancewhich also had Congress in it, he said, "When he (Ramadoss)has refuted my statement, this question does not arise."

Shortly after Karunanidhi''s announcement on thealliance, Ramadoss had said that his party has not yet takenany decision on the issue.

Karunanidhi said his Delhi visit had been a"successful" one, both from a political and official points ofview.

The DMK chief denied reports that Congress had made apitch for power-sharing during discussions with the nationalparty''s leadership in Delhi in case the DMK-Congress combinesailed through the Assembly elections scheduled in May.

He said committees in the DMK and Congress would beformed soon to discuss seat sharing and constituencies andsaid that "this combine has already decided to fight theelections from the same platform".

Forged in 2004, the DMK-Congress combine has foughttogether and won the 2004 and 2009 Lok Sabha polls as well asthe 2006 Assembly elections.

On the issue of Tamil Nadu fishermen allegedly beingrepeatedly attacked by the Sri Lankan Navy, Karunanidhi saidhe had discussed the matter in detail during the chiefministers'' conference on internal security earlier today andalso taken it up with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh duringtheir meeting yesterday.

Karunanidhi said External Affairs Minister S M Krishnaand Foreign Secretary Nirapama Rao had called on him in Delhitoday, where Rao had apprised him of her visit to Colombo todiscuss the fishermen attack.

Asked if retrieval of Katchatheevu, an islet ceded toSri Lanka, would solve the vexed issue of Tamil Nadu fishermenallegedly being attacked by the Lankan Navy, he said it is aquestion of debate.

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