DMK pull out from Government put off by a day

March 7th, 2011 - 8:02 pm ICT by ANI  

Pranab Mukherjee New Delhi, Mar 7 (ANI): Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee spoke to Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M. Karunanidhi on Monday and sough one more day’s time to decide over the number of seats for the Congress in the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls.

Earlier, Mukherjee also met DMK leader and Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran, who is in New Delhi to reportedly submit his resignation along with five other DMK minister..

Mukherjee also held consultations with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram over the issue.

DMK Parliamentary Party leader T R Baalu earlier said that Mukherjee called him to convey Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi that he and the party should review the decision to pull out of the Government.

Baalu said he told Mukherjee that the decision was taken by the party’s high-powered committee after deep thinking and considering all factors.

He also told the Congress leader that he would convey his views to the DMK chief.

This came after the DMK decided to pull out of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre after talks between the two parties on seat-sharing for the Tamil Nadu assembly elections failed.

The DMK currently has six ministers in the Union Cabinet, including Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister MK Alagiri and Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran - and four junior ministers - SS Palanimanickam (Finance), S Jagathrakshakan (Information and Broadcasting), D Napoleon (Social Justice and Empowerment) and S Gandhiselvan (Health and Family Welfare).

The decision to pull out of the UPA government was taken at a DMK leadership meeting chaired by party president and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, and attended by senior leaders including Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin held in Chennai on Saturday.

The party would, however, continue to provide ‘issue-based support’ to the Central government.

A DMK statement had said that the Congress demand for 63 seats even after the DMK expressed its readiness to concede 60 showed it was not keen on having it as an ally.

“Hence we have decided to pull out,” the statement had said. (ANI)

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