DMK to support UPA on FDI issue in Parliament: Karunanidhi

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The DMK chief M. Karunanidhi said the party took the decision to support the UPA on the FDI issue with
The Hindu The DMK chief M. Karunanidhi said the party took the decision to support the UPA on the FDI issue with "bitterness" to prevent communal forces from coming to power.

In a huge relief to the Centre, DMK today decided to back the UPA Government in Parliament with “bitterness” when the discussion on FDI in the multi-brand retail sector takes place.

“One should not forget the situation of the UPA Government falling if a discussion and voting takes place under rule 184 in Parliament accepting the demand of BJP and some other parties,” DMK Chief M. Karunanidhi said in a three-page statement as the Centre was engaged in mustering support from various political parties.

The DMK’s decision comes two days after Congress emissary Ghulam Nabi Azad met Karunanidhi in order to take the second largest UPA constituent with 18 members on board to counter the Opposition demand for a discussion under rules that entail voting.

“Though there may be thousands of differences still persisting on the issue and considering the consequences if the Government falls at the Centre, in bitterness, the DMK has decided to support the UPA Government on the issue,” Karunanidhi said.

The DMK chief said no room should be given to communal parties such as the BJP coming to power if there was a danger to the UPA Government.

Charging the BJP with raising the 2G spectrum loss at Rs 1.76 lakh crore as a “monstrously big” issue from the Himalayas to Kanyakumari creating “confusion and crisis” among the people, he said “such communal forces should not come into power”.

“Considering all these factors, there are compelling circumstances that the UPA Government should continue at the Centre,” he said.

(This article was published on November 27, 2012)
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