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UTTAR PRADESH 2007

DMK ready to join ’oust Mulayam’ campaign of Congress

Monday 19 February 2007

NEW DELHI/CHENNAI: DMK signed on Congress’s "oust Mulayam" campaign in a dramatic development late on Sunday which can lengthen the odds against the survival of the UP government.

DMK’s stance, which comes a day ahead of the meeting of the Congress Working Committee on UP, was announced by party supremo and TN chief minister M Karunanidhi after vigorous persuasion by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and PM Manmohan Singh.

This weakens the defence of Mulayam Singh Yadav even though Left has stepped up its efforts to save him. Asked whether DMK, a staunch opponent of the use of Article 356, will go along with Congress’s frenetic move to get rid of Mulayam ahead of the state polls, Karunanidhi said,"Oh yes."

The fact that he had also been approached by the Left and that he overruled the remarks made by party spokesman T K S Elangovan, who earlier in the day said that DMK was opposed to the use of Article 356 in UP, showed that there may not be a rethink in DMK on the issue.

Though Karunanidhi also said,"I hope Congress will take a right and good decision", DMK’s shift from the "no dismissal" column takes a lot away from the respite CPM offered to SP when its politburo virtually warned Congress against any unilateral move on UP.

See online : The Times of India

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