The alliance between Congress and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam was strained further with the arrest of DMK chief M Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi in the 2G spectrum allocation scandal on Friday.
However, the southern ally seemed wary of precipitating a crisis at the Centre as it cannot afford to have hostile arrangements both at the Centre and the state. DMK’s arch-rival AIADMK has just assumed power in Tamil Nadu.
That DMK will not opt for political adventurism was evident when Karunanidhi told reporters in Chennai that his party enjoyed cordial reactions with Congress. He also said DMK executive and the General Council would deliberate on the political fallout of the issue.
Karunanidhi did not attempt to lay the blame for the arrest on the Centre or the Central Bureau of Investigation. “If you have a daughter who faces arrest, how sad will you be? I’m saddened the same way,” he told reporters in Chennai.
Senior leaders had rushed to the CIT Colony residence of Karunanidhi and Kanimozhi soon after news broke of the court verdict. Karunanidhi was glued to the TV to know about the latest on the fate of his daughter. DMK leaders said their leader was extremely upset with the rejection of Kanimozhi’s bail plea. Putting up a strong defence of Kanimozhi they said DMK would fight the case legally.
Congress, which does not anticipate any trouble for the government at the Centre, sought to underplay the arrest of Kanimozhi. Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi projected it as pure legal matter.
“We don’t think it is necessary for a political party to comment on the on-going judicial proceedings involving merits of individual cases. All parties have legal rights and recourse. It is not for Congress to comment on the issue. You can rest assured that this being a legal matter there is no impact on the alliance which continues as before,” the Congress spokesman said.
The troubles for DMK will make the party more vulnerable in its dealings with Congress. This suits Congress as its 19 MPs will not be in a position to exercise their veto when the government takes up tough policy decisions. “The alliance will be strong. The arrest has not come as a surprise to anyone. People had an inkling that this would happen,” said a Congress leader. Economic Times