DMK head and Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi has expressed concern at media reports hinting at a rift between his party and the Congress, and blamed some "miscreants" in his ally for this.
His apprehension has come at a time when Congress leader and union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee has sought to allay any qualms that the two allies might part ways. The alliance was intact, he assured.
Reports in the press quoted the chief minister as saying in Vellore on Sunday that the Congress would suffer if it snapped its ties with the DMK.
Karunanidhi alleged the media had quoted him out of context. He was worried that the message might create misgivings among Congress leaders when “none existed”.
“Any break in alliance between the DMK and the Congress would be detrimental to both the parties,” the chief minister said in his press statement issued here on Tuesday.
“Some miscreants in the Congress are trying to break the alliance. If it happens, it would be a loss to them and both parties, which fight against communal forces, would be affected,” the statement added.
The state government depends on the outside support of the 34 members of the Congress. Given the Congress’s evenly spread vote share of about 15 per cent, the party can tilt the scales in favour of either of the two Dravidian outfits through alliance.