In a delicate balancing act, DMK on Wednesday avoided hitting out at the Congress for Kanimozhi being named in the 2G scam chargesheet. Instead, it accused the media and ‘certain political parties’ of trying to defame the party and its supremo M Karunanidhi and break the Congress-DMK alliance.
Although insiders said party leaders were seething with anger against the Congress, there was no sign of this in a resolution passed by the party’s highest-decision making body.
The committee backed Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi and expressed surprise that she and Kalaignar TV managing director Sharad Kumar had been charged by the CBI. A resolution merely said, “We will face the issue legally”.
“Our legal team will decide on moving anticipatory bail. We are not like Jayalalithaa (who is facing a wealth case in a Bangalore court). We will face it,” Karunanidhi said. “It is not an embarrassment for the party and we will never face embarrassment.”
At the closed-door meeting, leaders, particularly Karunanidhi, heaped praise on Kanimozhi and “her hard work for the party’s growth”. In an emotional speech, Karunanidhi said, “I will never betray my party to protect my interests or that of my family.” But he also made it clear later to journalists that he will not jeopardise his daughter’s future in the way Yudhishtira gambled with his wife’s fate in Mahabharata.
While the chargesheet has shaken the DMK leadership, the party has sought to handle the issue pragmatically. With prospects in the just-concluded assembly polls still unknown (counting is scheduled for May 13), the DMK, a partner in the UPA government, would not like to risk its position at the Centre.
Karunanidhi’s initial reaction was to snap ties with the Congress, sources told TOI, but his sons cautioned restraint, pointing out the danger of such a move, especially when results in the state elections could go against the party. Earlier, in a show of support, Karuna-nidhi went to his CIT Colony residence where his daughter lives, picked her up and arrived for the panel’s meeting. His sons Alagiri and Stalin, and grandnephew Daya-nidhi Maran are members of the 30-member group. TOI