Centre says it will not disturb the TN government
With the Supreme Court warning the Tamil Nadu government that it would not hesitate to direct the Centre to impose President's rule if the state fails to comply with its order on bandh, the Centre on Monday said it would do nothing to "hurt" the DMK-led government.
"We will do nothing to hurt the Tamil Nadu government. We are committed. They (DMK) are part of our government. We will not disturb the state government remotely, directly or explicitly," Information and Broadcasting Minister PR Dasmunsi said.
He was replying to a spate of questions on the apex court's observations that if there was no compliance with its order on bandh, it will have to direct the government to impose President's rule.
Maintaining that the issue did not figure in the Union Cabinet meeting, Dasmunsi said Chief Minister M Karunanidhi is "one of the stalwarts" not just of the DMK but of the entire country.
He said the Chief Minister has begun a "fast and (is) not violating the court order. This is a non-violent response showing respect to Mahatma Gandhi's ideals a day ahead of his birth anniversary."
Karunanidhi, Dasmunsi said, has set an example through his support and concern for the poorest of the poor, the scheduled castes and tribes, minorities and the downtrodden sections of the people.
In an extraordinary sitting on Sunday, the apex court had stayed the bandh called by the ruling DMK-led Democratic Progressive Alliance and asked the government to stop it.