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DMK stays in UPA

HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times  Chennai/New Delhi, June 10, 2011
First Published: 18:39 IST(10/6/2011) | Last Updated: 00:52 IST(11/6/2011)

The DMK has finally decided not to snap ties with the ruling coalition at the Centre and legally fight the 2G scam cases being faced by its top leaders.


At its much-hyped "decisive" meeting on Friday, two days after the Delhi high court rejected the bail plea of Kanimozhi, daughter of party chief M Karunanidhi, in a 2G spectrum scam case, the party accused the CBI, instead, of "double standards".

Karunanidhi said the party's general council would meet in July to decide on political ties.

Asked if that would be the deadline for taking a call on the UPA ties, he snapped, "Why do you put words into my mouth?"

In Delhi, Congress spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan said, "We are allies... Our alliance will continue in that spirit."

Analysts feel the DMK has pulled back from the brink, fearing that exiting the UPA will make the party even more vulnerable to onslaught by Jaya.

On his grandnephew and union textile minister Dayanidhi Maran coming under the CBI scanner for allegedly bending rules to favour a company when he was telecom minister in 2004-07, Karunanidhi said, "He is capable of defending himself. Don't drive a wedge between us."

Former Aircel owner C Sivasankaran had told the CBI that Maran brothers, Dayanidhi and Kalanidhi, forced him to sell out to Malaysia-based Maxis.

The party decided to fight the charge against Kalaignar TV - in which Kanimozhi and her stepmother Dayalu Ammal are stakeholders - that the Rs. 200 crore loan it received from scam-accused DB Realty was part of 2G scam kick-back.

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