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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2585

Kalingar Karunanidhi set to form government in Tamil Nadu - Congress pledges unconditional support

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

New Delhi, 12May ( Muthavel Karunanidhi, who has trounced his arch rival Jaya Amma at the hustings, is all set to form the new government. It will be the fifth time he is going to rule from Fort George. The swearing in ceremony will take tomorrow at a public function.

The DMK legislators formally elected Karunanidhi as the leader of the DMK Legislature party after Congress pledged 'unconditional' support to his government.

The Congress support will be from outside at least in the initial stretch. The trade off the Congress is looking is similar 'outside support' to its government in Pondicherry.

This has been promised, according to the Congress sources here. PMK, CPI and CPI (M) have also given Karunanidhi their letters of support.

In the far away north-eastern state of Assam however, the Congress is getting ready to form a coalition government. Three senior Congress leaders Mohsina Kidwai, Dig Vijay Singh and Chandan Bagchi are heading for Guwahati to work out the modalities.

The newly elected Congress lawmakers of Assam will meet tomorrow to and Bagchi expressed confidence that the Congress would be able to again form government with the help of "like-minded" parties. In all probability, the mantle of Chief Ministership may again go to Tarun Gogoi who led the party campaign though he was not projected as the chief ministerial candidate

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The 82-year-old DMK patriarch was elected at a meeting of his newly elected party MLAs. His name was proposed by the party general secretary K Anbazhagan and party treasurer Arcot Veerasawmy seconded.

Earlier, Congress leader Veerappa Moily, in charge of Tamil Nadu affairs, met Karunanidhi conveyed to him his party's decision to give "unconditional" support to the government under an arrangement which will ensure DMK's support to a minority government to be headed by Congress in neighboring Pondicherry.

The support of 34-member Congress is crucial for the DMK in Tamil Nadu just as the DMK support to the Congress in Pondicherry is where the Cong led Democratic Progressive Alliance won 20 seats in the 30-member Assembly.

- Asian Tribune -

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