Madurai, Jun 22 : Even as the Congress party's top brass is to decide who to support, its erstwhile ally DMK or DMDK, once its bitter critic, in the June 27 Rajya Sabha (RS) polls in Tamil Nadu, the Madurai urban district unit of the party today strongly favoured 'formation of a strategic alliance with DMDK.
"Forseeing DMDK as the only viable alternative to the two Dravidian parties in Tamil Nadu, the Madurai Urban District unit of Congress has urged the party leadership not to have any alliance with DMK and support its nominee Kanimozhi in the RS polls." A decision to this effect was taken at the party's functionaries meeting, said A.Deivanayagam, President, Madurai Urban District Congress Committee.
A section of Congress leaders from Tamilnadu has also opposed the proposal to back Kanimozhi's candidature, he claimed. Another senior functionary of the party said, when the DMK ruled the State during 2006-11 as a minority government, we (Congress) supported its full term without laying down any conditions. Whereas, the DMK which extended support to the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre,threatened the Congress to part with key portfolios in Union Cabinet, but at the same time refused to give berth to Congress in its cabinet Citing various instances of DMK' threat to UPA governemnt, he said DMK had threatened to pull out from UPA over Centre's decision to disinvest 10 per cent of equity in Neyveli Lignite Corporation during July 2006, The party also theatened pullout demanding that Centre push for ceasefire in Sri Lanka during November 2008, decided to withdraw support to UPA over seatsharing dispute for Tamil Nadu Assembly elections during May 2011.
It further threatened to pull out support over fuel price hike in May 2012 and finally pulled out from Union Cabinet and withdrew its support to Congress over Sri Lankan Tamils issue on March 19, this year. "We have forwarded a resolution adopted unanimously at the party functionaries meeting to the AICC requesting congress president Sonia Gandhi to support DMDK in the Rajya Sabha poll and forge a strategic alliance with DMDK, keeping in mind the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.'