Monday, March 7, 2011

Ministers to resign Monday, no contact from Congress: DMK

Chennai, March 6  A day after announcing the DMK was pulling out of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and party chief M. Karunanidhi Sunday said nobody from the Congress had contacted him to resolve the deadlock in the seat-sharing talks for next month's assembly elections. The six DMK ministers in the UPA government will submit their resignations Monday.

Replying in the negative to queries whether the Congress had made any approach to his party on resolving the issue, Karunanidhi said it will be known in a day or two which other parties would join the DMK-led front for the April 13 elections to the 234-member assembly.

He said Congress' demand of 63 seats of its choice was one of the reasons for the DMK exiting from the UPA.

Speaking to reporters here, Karunanidhi's son and Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister M.K. Alagiri said the DMK does not expect the Congress to approach it for patching up the relationship.

According to him, the break-up with the Congress will not affect his party's poll prospects.

The DMK Sunday said its six ministers will submit their resignations Monday. Senior DMK leader and former union minister T.R. Baalu told reporters that the ministers will tender their resignations to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The DMK has two cabinet ministers - Alagiri and Minister for Textiles Dayanidhi Maran - and four junior ministers - S.S. Palanimanickam (Finance), S. Jagathrakshakan (Information and Broadcasting), D. Napoleon (Social Justice and Empowerment) and S. Gandhiselvan (Health and Family Welfare) - in the UPA government.

The DMK Saturday pulled out of the UPA government after failure to reach a seat-sharing pact with the Congress for the assembly polls.

A DMK statement said that it will now give 'issue-based support' to the UPA government. The DMK has 18 Lok Sabha MPs.

Baalu also said that the Congress has not approached the DMK after the latter's decision to withdraw unconditional support.

Meanwhile, PMK president G.K. Mani said Sunday that Congress' absence will not affect the poll prospects of the DMK-led front.

On Sunday, PMK submitted a list of constituencies that it would like to contest. The party will contest from 31 constituencies as part of the DMK-led front.

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