DMK to support UPA in FDI Vote

Chennai, Nov 27 : The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, a key ally of the UPA Government at the Centre, in a significant development today 'with bitterness' decided to vote for the ruling dispensation if there was voting on the contentious FDI in multibrand retail in Parliment 'to avoid destabilising the government and prevent the 'communal BJP' from coming to power at the Centre.'

In a release here, DMK President M Karunanidhi said though the party had declared its opposition to the allow FDI in multi-brand retail, it took the decision to support the UPA in the event of voting in Parliment as it cannot be denied there was the possibility of the government falling in this event. Mr Karunanidhi said the BJP and few other parties were insisting on a vote on the issue and in the event, there was a possibility of the UPA Government falling.

If the UPA Government faced any danger of falling, then there was a possibility of the BJP, which was making wild allegations against the Centre of causing a Rs 1.76 lakh crore scam in 2G licences creating confusion across the length and breadth of the country, or its allies assuming the reins of power. If this happened, then one cannot know how many similar allegations it will start making besides there will be the danger of incidents like Babri Masjid demolition,Kar seva and anti-minorities acts reccurring.To ensure a communal government does not assume office and the people do not fall into the trap laid by such rulers who make false allegations, the DMK decided to lend its support to the UPA Government thereby ensuring its stability.

Besides, the Union Government had already left the decision to allow FDI in multibrand retail to individual states. In Tamil Nadu, farmers and small traders have been given the assurance that their livelihood will not be affected in any manner. In a democracy, only a stable government can ensure general peace and economic development thereby ensuring the welfare of the people. Considering all the factors, the DMK had decided to vote for the UPA on the FDI issue in the event of voting taking place in Parliament, the DMK Chief emphasised.

On November 25, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad called on the DMK Chief seeking support on the FDI issue from Mr Karunanidhi whose party is a key ally of the Congress-Led UPA Government at the Centre with 18 MPs in its fold. However, Mr Azad could not garner any categorical assurance from Mr Karunanidhi. The DMK Supremo, however, suggested the UPA hold further consultations with the parties on the issue to which Mr Azad agreed and said the meeting will take place shortly. Mr Azad also informed the DMK supremo that while some states and political parties were opposed to it, there were others, especially in Western India, who favoured FDI.

- Agencies

Published On : Nov 27, 2012