Contrary to speculations about a DMK pullout from union cabinet if 2G spectrum chargesheet named members of chief minister M Karunanidhi, the party on Monday maintained a stoic silence.
Senior party leaders maintained that doing anything at this juncture, like pulling out of UPA government, could be suicidal as the DMK will be needing Congress support to form a government, should it come anywhere near the magic figure. The DMK had contested only 119 seats leaving the rest to its alliance partners, the largest chunk of 63 to the Congress.
In any case, the DMK was prepared for the eventuality of Kanimozhi being named in the 2G chargesheet but was relieved that Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal was spared, as she was just a sleeping partner in Kalaignar TV that is accused of receiving kickback monies in the 2G spectrum allotment scam.
Kanimozhi refused to say anything more than “I am not even a director at Kalaignar TV”.
Chief minister M Karunanidhi, who spoke to the press briefly on Monday afternoon, steered clear of making any comment on the issue. “The press is bent upon asking heartless questions,” he quipped chosing not to respond to specific questions on Kanimozhi’s inclusion as a co-conspirator in the spectrum case.
Political analyst Cho Ramaswamy was of the opinion that “now the DMK needed the Congress more than ever and would do nothing to upset the national party and the prime minister who can give protection.”
In the eventuality of DMK losing in the assembly elections, with AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa in power, the DMK would be all the more needing the Congress. The AIADMK too maintained a silence on the development, preferring to wait and watch. In the election campaigning, Jayalalithaa had focused her attack against the DMK on spectrum scam issue questioning as to why family members of Karunanidhi were free and why only Raja was in jail.
The thinking within the DMK seems to be veering round to sticking with the Congress rather than antagonize it at this juncture. "Quitting (UPA government) now would mean that Karunanidhi places family before party. He would not like such a perception develop among people," opined another DMK leader who requested anonymity.