Chennai, Oct. 1: The DMK today declared support to any Parliament resolution opposing FDI in retail, signalling its growing alienation from the Congress.
“If there is a resolution against it (FDI), the DMK will support it,” M. Karunanidhi said when asked about the move after an executive committee meeting of the party here.
The statement came a day after his announcement that the DMK would not be part of the proposed shuffle in Delhi, though there are two vacancies in the Union cabinet after the resignation of A. Raja and Dayanidhi Maran.
The declaration was viewed as a sign that the DMK does not want to identify itself too closely with a government it believes is unpopular.
The strategy is to maintain status quo in Delhi while being part of the popular mood against the Centre’s recent decisions to increase diesel prices, slash LPG subsidy and allow FDI in multi-brand retail. The DMK had supported the NDA-sponsored Bharat bandh on September 20 against the measures.
Party insiders said the DMK was gradually distancing itself from the Congress-led UPA so that snapping ties ahead of the Lok Sabha polls would be easy.