September 22nd, 2011
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Karuna unsure of Congress support in Civic polls

karunanidhiChennai: DMK chief M Karunanidhi, who had recently announced his party’s decision to face the civic polls without the company of ally Congress, today said he was not sure if the national party would support DMK in the Tiruchirappalli (West) bye-election.”I do not know,” was his reply to reporters’ queries in this regard here.

While the 88 year-old DMK patriarch had made it clear that the alliance was meant for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls, and not local body polls, he had also announced jailed former Minister KN Nehru as party’s candidate for the October 13 bypoll for Tiruchirappalli (West) constituency.

Strains had appeared in the seven year-old relations between the two parties, which had faced two Lok Sabha and Assembly elections each, early this year during the seat-sharing dialogue for the April 13 Assembly polls. The 2G spectrum allocation scam, in which connection Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi MP and former Union Telecom Minister A Raja have been jailed for their alleged roles, is also touted to have played spoilsport in ties.

To a question on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s three-day ‘Sadbhavana’ fast that ended on Monday and BJP leader L K Advani’s proposed yatra against corruption, he said anyone in the country can go on fast.”I wish these fasts were helpful in addressing the lakhs of poor people who are on fast,” he said referring to many Indians remaining hungry due to poverty.


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