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UPA likely to remove Vaiko from coalition

Congress said UPA co-ordination committee will decide on MDMK's continuance in the alliance.

india Updated: Mar 21, 2006 15:24 IST

Describing Vaiko's alliance with AIADMK for the Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu as a "treacherous act," Congress on Friday said UPA co-ordination committee will decide on MDMK's continuance in the alliance at the Centre.

"I am aware of DMK's stand on the issue. The UPA will take a decision on this," senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily told reporters in Chennai on Friday.

Soon after MDMK struck an alliance with AIADMK, DMK chief Karunanidhi had said he would oppose the continuance of Vaiko's party in the UPA.

Moily said MDMK in the company of Congress and DMK was a strong combination.

But the party would prove to be a "liability" to the AIADMK, he said.

Criticising AIADMK Supremo Jayalalithaa for entering into a poll tie-up with "a section of the INTUC," labour wing of the Congress, he said, "it only showed that she has come for distress sales. It is unheard of in political history a party entering into an alliance with a trade union."

Asserting that action of INTUC leaders, PL Subbaiah and G Kalan, entering into a tie-up with the AIADMK, would have no impact on the Congress or the INTUC, he said these two leaders would be expelled from the party by the high command if they were AICC members and by the PCC if they were PCC members.

On the reported refusal of AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa on granting an appointment to expelled Congress leader Tindivanam Ramamurthee, he said it only showed that people would respect only those who were with the party.

First Published: Mar 10, 2006 17:04 IST