Chennai, Sept. 19: The DMK today ruled out following Mamata Banerjee and quitting the UPA over the diesel price hike or FDI in multi-brand retail although it opposes both decisions.
“The question of DMK snapping ties with the UPA does not arise now. We are part of the government but we will fight on behalf of the people. We have other responsibilities and we have to look far ahead,” DMK spokesperson T.K.S. Elangovan told reporters in Chennai.
Elangovan said the DMK would, however, press for a rollback of the diesel price because it would have a cascading effect on prices of other commodities. The DMK leader said his party was opposed to FDI in retail in all forms.
While remaining part of the UPA, the DMK has already announced its decision to participate in the Bharat bandh called by the BJP tomorrow on these issues as well as the LPG cap.
The public posturing illustrates the dilemma of the party, which will find it difficult to justify the Centre’s price increases while criticising the Jayalalithaa government for raising power tariffs, bus fares and milk prices.
At the same time, it is in no position to face elections now. Being out of power in the state also makes it all the more important for the DMK to stay in power at the Centre.
Hamstrung by Kanimozhi’s indictment in the 2G scam, the DMK has been less than vociferous in opposing the Centre’s economic decisions. The family feud between Karunanidhi’s sons has also prevented the party from naming nominees to the two vacancies in the cabinet for over a year.