DMK toes Congress' line in UP

The Cong gets a boost with Karunanidhi supporting the move to sack Mulayam's government in UP, reports Saroj Nagi.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2007 00:28 IST
Saroj Nagi

The Congress’ move to dismiss the Mulayam Singh Yadav government and impose President’s Rule in Uttar Pradesh got a boost on Sunday, with the DMK first opposing the proposal and then changing its decision later at night.

Chief Minister Karunanidhi, who was in touch with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi on the telephone, said that his party would support the Congress line on the issue and even disowned the earlier statement issued by the party spokesman. Former prime minister VP Singh was also working on the Tamil Nadu leader to agree to Mulayam’s ouster.

The move comes ahead of the Congress Working Committee meeting on Monday which will discuss the UP scenario in the backdrop of growing support within the UPA.

But in view of the Left parties' strong opposition to the proposal, it remains uncertain whether the Congress will still press ahead with its plans to place UP under central rule and run the risk of being bracketted with the BJP in getting Mulayam out.

"If it does, it will be in deep trouble,’’ a well placed CPM leader said. On his part, CPM general secretary Prakash Karat made it clear that any decision would have to be taken in consultation with the UPA allies and supporting partners.

"We hope they do not take once-sided decisions and wiser counsel will prevail. We cannot expect that the government we support will take such a stand on Article 356,’" he said after the party’s two day politburo meeting.

The CPM, the CPI, the RSP and the Forward Bloc have opposed the move. So did the NCP on Saturday. But the question is whether the NCP will also change its stand like the DMK did under the Congress’ persuasion.

Meanwhile, the SP has sought the recall of UP Governor TV Rajeswar, saying that he was acting with "malafide and motivated" political intentions to dismiss the Yadav government.

"We will meet President Kalam shortly and demand withdrawal of the UP governor, who is working with malafide and motivated political intentions," party general secretary Ramgopal Yadav said on Sunday.

First Published: Feb 18, 2007 21:08 IST