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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Congress sees gains in Vaiko exit from DMK fold

[b]Congress sees gains in Vaiko exit from DMK fold[/b]

By M RamaRao - in New Delhi

New Delhi, 08 March ( Congress party hopes to benefit from the exit of Gopalasamy aka Vaiko from the DMK fold with his eyes set on post-Karunanidhi phase in Dravidian politics. The Congress therefore is not much perturbed hoping as it does that it may stand to collect at least five -six of the 22 seats earmarked for Vaiko's MDMK party.

These calculations however run the risk of losing steam since the Congress has not endeared itself with its stand on MDMK at the federal level. Karunanidhi has asked Sonia Gandhi, the Congress chief and UPA chairpersons to show the door to Vaiko since he has crossed over to the rival; camp in Tamilnadu.

When asked bout Karunanidhi's views, Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi took the plea that over the past decade India has established a pattern of allies in Delhi being rivals at the state level. This pattern is true of Congress as of BJP, he said referring to the Bihar example where two local bitter rivals are partners in the Manmohan Singh government.

Singhvi did not stop here. He went on to dub as "personal view" Karunanidhi's demand for removal of MDMK from the UPA. "we do not agree to a change of heart (on the part of Vaiko). It will have no effect, no impact on the Central coalition.... It is his personal view ," Singhvi said, adding that the pattern of the central coalition could not be dictated by state politics and local alliances.

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