DMK to decide on joining govt after it takes shape

Published on May 18, 2004 04:40 PM IST

Sticking to its stand of not joining the Sonia-led coalition Govt, DMK has said it would take a decision after observing how the new govt shapes up.

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Sticking to its stand of not joining the Sonia Gandhi-led coalition government at the Centre for the present, DMK on Tuesday said it would take a decision after observing how the new government shapes up.

"There are several reasons (for not joining now). I can't disclose them. We will observe how the new government shapes up and then take a decision," DMK President M Karunanidhi told reporters when asked about what were the reasons for the party not joining the Congress-led coalition government now.

Asked if there was any time-frame for taking a decision, the DMK chief, who is here in connection with the formation of the new government, said "It can be certain weeks. It can be ten days. It can be 50 days also."

The party's Working Committee had already passed a resolution to this effect and authorised him to take a decision, Karunanidhi said adding after analysing the situation here he would discuss the issue with senior leaders before taking a decision.

Asked whether leaders like VP Singh, Harkishan Singh Surjeet and Ghulam Nabi Azad wanted him to reconsider the decision, he said they reiterated that the new Government should be stable. 

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