Karunanidhi also added that the UPA will not drive the DMK to such an extent.
Meanwhile, AIADMK sources have challenged the DMK by saying that if they are pro-people, they should actually pull out of the UPA.
Leading the protest against the UPA on the decision, Karunanidhi speaking at the DMK march has been quoted as saying, "The DMK has been part of central coalitions in the past. With BJP, with VP Singh. Though we are part of the central coalition but haven't hesitated to stop anti-people policies. We will try to sail with the Centre as much as we can but if it's not possible, we will leave to uphold our principles and policies. I hope the central and state governments will not give room to drive us to that extent."
In a snide remark on both the Centre and the state government, Karunanidhi added, "Both the Centre and Tamil Nadu governments should voluntarily come forward to reduce their tax percentage, so that the recent price hike does not hurt the common man."