MDMK remains a ticklish issue with the Congress
A day after Parliamentary Affairs Minister PR Dasmunsi invited the MDMK to attend his breakfast meetings with UPA allies and supporting parties on Tuesday, the southern party was given a cold shoulder, reports Saroj Nagi.india Updated: Nov 23, 2006 00:09 IST
A day after Parliamentary Affairs Minister PR Dasmunsi invited the MDMK to attend his breakfast meetings with UPA allies and supporting parties on Tuesday, the southern party was given a cold shoulder.
It did not get any invitation for the meeting of the UPA allies and its supporting parties at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's residence on Wednesday.
"We did not receive any invitation," said MDMK's L Ganesan, who claimed that the four MP-party is in the UPA.
But the party will continue to figure in the list of invitees for the weekly meetings of UPA allies and supporting parties to hammer out a joint floor strategy in Parliament.
Sources said that the meeting of UPA allies and Left parties—which was followed by dinner—comprised only of the core group, namely the UPA constituents and the Left partners who were briefed about the bills the Government intended to bring during the session.
Earlier, in response to questions about the invitation to the MDMK to be present for the floor coordination meetings, Dasmunsi claimed that the regional party had attended such meetings even after it had teamed up with the AIADMK for the Tamil Nadu assembly polls.
The MDMK's move had, however, raised the hackles of the DMK which had sought the party's ouster from the UPA.
But the Congress used the plea that the decision did not lie with it but with all the UPA partners. However, it did not invite the MDMK when the UPA completed two years in office though its members turned up for it.
That the issue remains a ticklish one for the Congress became evident when Dasmunsi had to explain to DMK leader TR Baalu why the MDMK was being called for floor coordination meetings.