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Moily rules out seeking share in power in TN

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Chennai, May 13 (UNI) Congress leader Veerappa Moily, incharge of party affairs in Tamil Nadu, today virtually ruled out the possibility of the party seeking share in power in the DMK government, stating ''it was not an issue before the election''.

In a statement here, Mr Moily, who declared the party's unconditional support to the DMK government, said, ''sharing power by alliance partners was not an issue before election, though the aspiration was raised in the minds of the legislators and rank and file of the Congress party on sharing the power.

However, the concern of the rank and file of the Congress party would be duly addressed by the AICC. ''One need not have any apprehension on the issue. Nothing should be done to create an environment of misgiving in the DPA.'' ''The need of the hour is unity to take the Congress party forward with the gains of the present mandate. AICC will uphold the interest of the Congress workers to make it strong to serve the people of Tamil Nadu. Everything will be done to achieve this objective,'' Mr Moily said.

He said he had discussed with Mr Karunanidhi the need to evolve a Common Minimum Programme and review of the same from time to time with a view to ensure unity, coordination and to facilitate implementation of assurances held out in the election manifestos and to provide good governance with social justice.

''Our ultimate goal is to ensure development of Tamil Nadu and welfare of people with the joint cooperation of UPA at the Centre and the DPA in Tamil Nadu,'' he said.

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