September 28th, 2011
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DMK and Congress may part ways

DMKChennai: With DMK maintaining a stoic silence on extending support to Congress for the by-elections, speculation is rife that both the parties may part ways. Also, reports say that DMK is holding secret parleys with the ruling NR- Congress for the byelections which could change the political situation.

Congress and DMK fought the Lok Sabha and the Assembly elections together.  However for the local body polls in Tamilnadu, DMK chief M Karunanidhi had announced they will fight the elections independently. Both the parties went ahead announcing their list of candidate for municipalities, panchayats and Corporations.

In Puducherry where the by-polls would be held along with the local body elections in Tamilnadu, the AIADMK and NR Congress are fielding their candidates. Congress had sought the support of the DMK. Pudhucherry Congress chief A V Subramaniam and former Chief Minister had called on DMK convenor Janakiraman and sought their support.

The Congress had even sought the DMK leaders to accompany them when they went to file the nomination papers a couple of days ago. However with no proper response to all their requests from the DMK, the Congress seems to be on a sticky wicket. Meanwhile sources say that Pudhucherry Chief Minister and NR Congress founder N Rangasamy reportedly called on DMK leader Duraimurugan a couple of days and sought the support of his party. A victory in the by-elections is must for the NR Congress to stay in power. Hence Rangasamy sought the DMK’s support. He had even spoken to DMK chief M Karunanidhi over phone.

Congress cadres here feel that DMK’s tactics to give support to NR Congress will hamper their relations and they will have to part ways  with the DMK and it might have repercussions in Tamilnadu too.



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