Karunanidhi decides to continue Congress-DMK alliance

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Chennai, Jun 11: After some tense moments and careful strategizing, the DMK Chief M Karunanidhi finally announced his verdict on the future of the Congress-DMK alliance. Following an emergency meeting with the high-level committee of the DMK, Karunanidhi stated that the status quo would be maintained and will not break ties with the UPA.

In spite of the Congress going on a tirade against the DMK earlier and blaming the 2g spectrum scam for the shameful defeat in the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry elections, the DMK patriarch let emotions aside and used tactful political sensibilities in taking the decision. The thought of severing ties at this point would mean a total wipe-out for the DMK both from the Centre and the state, a move that could be catastrophic to the party's image. 

The committee during the mergency meeting also adopted a resolution that called the inclusion of Kanimozhi's and Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar's name "totally wrong". The DMK also reiterated that they would fight the case legally and added that the CBI's finding that the Kalaignar TV loan was a kickback for spectrum allocation was condemnable.

With the DMK deciding to continue its alliance with the Congress, DMK ministers MK Alagiri, SS Palanimanickam, Gandhiselvan, D Napolean, S Jagatrakshakan, and textiles minister Dayanidhi Maran can breathe easy and will continue in their positions in the present Cabinet. The DMK has 18 Lok Sabha MPs, a number crucial for the stability of the UPA government.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's expected travel to Delhi to meet with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and AICC President Sonia Gandhi on Monday is also causing jitters in the DMK camp. The cosying up of the two forces are sure to make waves in the political game plans in the state. The DMK is believed to be watching the moves of AIADMK Chief closely.

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