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Coalition in TN depends on post-election scenario: Moily

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Madurai, May 3 (UNI) Any discussion on a coalition government in Tamil Nadu in the midst of campaign is premature and could be taken up only after the Assembly election, senior Congress leader and incharge of party affairs in the state M Veerappa Moily said today.

Responding to queries from newspersons here, he said a debate on coalition was not on priority as of now. It concerned the emerging post-election scenario and as such it could wait till then, he observed.

The CWC member, however, was not categorical in ruling out a coalition arrangement.

Expressing confidence about the DMK-led DPA sweeping the poll, he said the DPA would capture power in the state. Like the UPA at the Centre, the DPA, comprising the Congress and PMK among others, would form the next Government in Tamil Nadu, he asserted.

In his opinion, the frustration of the youth, languishing in uncertainty and other sections of society, waiting for a change, would ensure the victory of the DPA. Both electoral chemistry and coalition arithmetic favoured the combine in which the Congress was a constituent, he claimed adding that 'invisible' hand of social forces were providing a swing for the DPA.

Feigning ignorance about the continuance of the MDMK in the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) at the Centre, he told a questioner that it should be posed to Mr Vaiko.

''I don't know where he is after the somersault,'' he quipped in an obvious reference to the MDMK deserting the DMK-led DPA to join the AIADMK-led front on the eve of the Assembly elections.

Asked about the allegations relating to Union Communications and IT Minister Dayanidhi Maran of the DMK 'armtwisting' the Tata's over the DTH venture, he dismissed them as baseless. Mr Moily also questioned the motive behind the charges being levelled during the campaign.

Claiming that this was politically motivated, the Congress leader said there was no evidence in the charge. " Why has this not been raised in other proper fora? " he asked.

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