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MDMK will continue to be part of UPA: Vaiko

MDMK, which is extending outside support to the UPA government, says it would continue to be part of the alliance.

india Updated: Jan 01, 2007 17:16 IST

MDMK, which is extending outside support to the UPA government,on Mondaysaid it would continue to be part of the alliance.

MDMK Chief Vaiko told reporters that soon after the party had quit the DMK-led Democratic Progressive Alliance in March 2006, he was prepared to quit the UPA and had even prepared a statement to announce the decision.

But when he met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to explain the circumstances under which his party quit the DPA, he was told by the prime minister to be part of the alliance, Vaiko said adding there was no change in the situation.

His party was getting invitation for the meetings of the whips of the UPA constituents and was represented in these meetings, he said.

He said the AIADMK Supremo Jayalalithaa, with whose party MDMK had struck an alliance for the assembly polls, had also told him that there was no need for him to quit UPA.

Vaiko said the meeting convened by Gingee N Ramachandran, after he was stripped off the deputy general secretaryship, at Salem recently, was 'illegal'. Only over 100 general council members, most of whom had been expelled from the party for indiscipline, had attended the meeting, he said.

First Published: Jan 01, 2007 17:16 IST