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DMK going slow on presidential poll strategy

S Ramasamy, PTI  Chennai, May 13, 2007
First Published: 13:04 IST(13/5/2007) | Last Updated: 15:57 IST(1/6/2007)

DMK, a major constituent of the UPA government at the Centre, does not seem to be in a hurry to decide on its strategy for Presidential polls, though Left parties have propped up the name of Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee for the top post.

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"I will have to to consult my party colleagues and take the opinion of alliance parties," DMK patriarch and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi told said in an interview when asked about the party's thinking on the Presidential polls.

The DMK has 96 MLAs, 15 Lok Sabha MPs and two Rajya Sabha MPs, who will be voting in the Presidential polls.

Asked whether APJ Abdul Kalam could be given a second term, Karunanidhi, who completes his one year in office tomorrow in his fifth stint as Chief Minister, said, "I do not want to comment on this before consulting party seniors".

He also did not foresee any change in the alliance pattern for the next Lok Sabha polls, scheduled for 2009.

"I do not foresee any single problem in continuance of present alliance. The DMK feels quite comfortable," he said.

Commenting on his one year in office, Karunanidhi said he is satisfied with his government's performance.

"The biggest achievement in the first year is the implementation of 90 per cent of the promises in the DMK election manifesto for the assembly polls in 2006," he said.

Asked whether the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government would complete its full term, Karunanidhi replied in the affirmative. "There is no doubt about it," he said.


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