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CM makes light of Cong's 'demand' for power in TN

Written by: Staff
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Chennai, Nov 22 (UNI) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK President M Karunanidhi today made light of the Congress' reported demand for share in power in the State.

'I always give respect for freedom of expression', was his reply in a lighter vein when reporters sought his reaction to the Congress party's renewed demand for share in power in the State.

Asked if their (Congress) wishes (of sharing power) would be fulfilled, he said 'I don't know', amidst laughter.

The Congress, which had won 34 seats, was a key constituent of the DMK-led DPA, which had won the May Assembly polls.

It may recalled that a meeting of the Congress Legislators chaired by CLP Leader D Sudarsanam on November 21 had reiterated its desire to share power in the DMK Government, which fell short of simple majority by 22 seats in the 234-member House.

'All political parties, whether they are big or small, will have the aim of capturing power. There is nothing wrong in seeking a share in power.' He said it was for AICC President Sonia Gandhi to decide.

On the proposed expansion of Chennai Airport, Mr Karunanidhi said talks were on with Airports Authority of India. Refusing to disclose their nature, he said some technical issues were involved. He assured that expansion would be undertaken without affecting the people.

UNI GV MQA HT1718

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