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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2793

DMK snaps ties with PMK, No threat to Karunanidhi Government

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

New Delhi, 18 June, ( True to expectations, DMK Tuesday evening announced an end to its alliance with the PMK at the end of a long meeting of party seniors chaired by patriarch Muthavel Karunanidhi. The charge: the party father- son has violated the coalition dharma, a charge the doctor duo had leveled against the Karunanidhi government itself.

PMK, a party of mainly Vanniyars, is a key constituent of DMK led Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) of Chief Minister Karunanidhi in Chennai and the Congress led United Progressive Alliance of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi. It has 18 MLAs but is not a member of the Karunanidhi cabinet. It has however two Ministers in Delhi, one of them Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss. The party has 6 MPs.

At the end of the high level party meeting, Karunanidhi told reporters that he would not press the UPA to remove the PMK from the alliance at the Centre. It means Ramdoss junior will keep his job.

"As far as we are concerned, we will not have any ties with the PMK," he declared with a word of finality.

A lengthy resolution passed at the meeting, DMK seniors alleged that PMK founder Dr S Ramadoss was attempting to get cheap publicity by criticizing each and every decision of the DMK government. 'The snipping is against alliance dharma'.

The flash point in the PMK-DMK relations was the inflammatory speech of PMK treasurer J Guru, but he made the speech in January in which he targeted DMK leaders like A Raja, a Minister in Manmohan government.

Political observers opine that the Guru speech is only a ruse for ending on a high political note the relations which have been on the rocks for a long while.

This is also clear from the resolution which said: "Ramadoss is also not prepared to take action against his partymen who had made harsh comments about the DMK. Under the circumstances, a situation has been created that the party could not continue its alliance with the PMK".

Interestingly, the first insight into the divorce in works was given by Karunanidhi himself last week at a wedding of a DMK activist in Chennai.

The Electricity Minister N Veerasamy displayed a CD at the marriage mandap claiming that it contained inflammatory speech of Guru. Others present upped the ante and asked Karunanidhi to end the alliance. With a broad grin, he told the DMK faithful he would take a decision in five-six days after the women convention at Cuddalore over the week end on Saturday and Sunday.

'We can't continue our alliance with PMK after it continuous criticism of the government', DMK resolution said making no mention of hectic backroom parleys which took place between the leaders of the two parties over the past couple of days.

Blame Game

Karunanidhi government has been at the receiving end of a lot of criticism from the PMK leadership over several issues that ranged from auctioning of sand mining to the controversial drinking water project in the Dharmapuri district bordering Karnataka. It appears DMK patriarch decided enough was enough with PMK when Ramdoss alleged telephone tapping of political leaders in the state. The PMK also created a furore in the state assembly over the issue to the embarrassment of the Chief Minister who turned 85 this month.

For the PMK founder the stakes are high in the alliance with the DMK. Rebuffed by Karunanidhi, the possibility of Ramdoss turning to Jayalalithaa of AIADMK cannot be ruled out though the switch over is unlikely in the short run at least.

For the present, Ramdoss is the aggrieved party. He will try to get benefit from the injured image. He has already gone on record saying he failed to understand why Chief Minister M Karunanidhi struck an extreme posture on an old issue 'which was considered settled among the two'.

Chief Minister wrote a letter to me on March 16 that he was happy to note that he (Ramadoss) had acted strictly with Guru for indulging in personal attacks", he recalled.

'I got solace that you acted strictly against Guru. We will make attempts for erasing unnecessary irritants among us', Karunanidhi had said in the letter, a copy of which was released by Ramadoss to the media on Monday.

'Now I do not know why he is raking up an old issue, which was settled in March itself, like a new issue', the doctor senior said.

PMK leader does admit that he had asked the Chief Minister to do something on the false police cases filed against Guru. According to him, the Chief Minister responded on March 10 in a letter that DIG, Tiruchirapalli, in charge of law and order in Ariyalur and Perambalur districts was transferred.

-Asian Tribune -

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