FDI: DMK shows karuna on Manmohan, Sonia; UPA ready for vote

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New Delhi, Nov 27: Karunanidhi-led DMK stretched its mussels yet again while showing its power in the coalition government and how much it may affect Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi's decisions with its single move.

Hours after DMK's announcement that they would support Congress's stand on FDI, UPA on Tuesday, Nov 27 stated that they are ready for vote on FDI in Parliament. Along with DMK, another crucial ally of the UPA, NCP too said that it would back Congress in its battle for FDI in retail.

The UPA held a meeting with its allies on Tuesday. Manmohan Singh, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, DMK leader TR Balu and many other attended the meeting.

UPA minister Kamal Nath said that UPA is confident of numbers and they would inform Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar about UPA's consensus on FDI. Now, the speaker will take the final call, added Nath.

UPA's latest decision on vote over FDI might have surprised the opposition leaders. BJP earlier on the day had stated, "If there is no vote, the government will be responsible for stalling House."

Karunanidhi, whose party has been facing tremendous pressure since its crucial ministers' alleged involvement in 2G spectrum scam, must be relieved after showing the world that he is still vital for the coalition government in the Centre.

The DMK supremo, while supporting Congress over FDI, said, The UPA government's continuance a must in present situation. Though we have differences on FDI we will support the government to avert UPA's fall. We not want to give room for BJP to come to power."

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