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DMK defers decision on Ministers’ resignation

New Delhi: The DMK on Monday said the Congress has sought a day’s time to resolve the dispute over seat-sharing.

Deputy Chief Minister M.K.Stalin said the DMK ministers would not hand over their resignations as Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has asked them to wait for one more day to resolve the crisis over seat-sharing.

Talking to reporters at Anna Arivalayam, Stalin, who is also the treasurer of the DMK, said Mukherjee spoke to Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi twice in the course of the day and asked him to wait for a day. Six DMK ministers in the Union Cabinet went to New Delhi on Monday morning to handover their resignations as per the decision taken at the party’s high-power committee.

A resolution adopted in the meeting announced that the DMK would quit the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) at the Centre in the wake of Congress going up its demand of seats for the Assembly elections. Besides demanding 63 seats, the Congress said the seats should be of its choice.

Congress dismisses threat to UPA government

The Congress on Monday dismissed suggestions of any threat to the Manmohan Singh government and indicated if the deadlock over seat-sharing for Tami Nadu assembly polls was not resolve in a day or two “then will be indeed serious problems”.

“Have you seen well-established alliances breaking up a fortnight before election campaigning is to start on an issue like demand for three more seats? “It’s not a major issue.

We are hopeful the issue will be resolved tonight or latest by Tuesday night. If it does not resolve by Wednesday, then there will be indeed serious problems,” a senior party leader said on condition of anonymity.

The leader also did not attach much importance to DMK’s possible execution of the threat of its ministers’ resigning from the government after meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the evening.
“Resignations do not make much difference.

They can later also be withdrawn,” he said adding he was “hopeful” of an early solution to the problem which he described as “nothing else but hard bargaining for seats so natural in an alliance.”

At the AICC briefing, party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi described as the creation of “minds of fertile imagination” the talks of a threat to the UPA government. Asked whether Congress was open to the idea of aligning with AIADMK, Singhvi remarked “I am not going into any speculative and hypothetical question at this stage.”

Singhvi’s refrain to a host of questions on the fate of the alliance, including whether Congress has dumped DMK in a big brotherly act, was that “there are no new developments. Our alliance is at the same stage where it was earlier. No new facts or developments have come so far.”

He said that the party has nothing more to say at this time. “Give us some time. Have a little patience. Let us not speculate. Let us not go into the details of it now. When we will have something in due course, we will share it with you,” he said.

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