DMK meet to chart out future course of action

Chennai: A crucial high-level DMK committee meeting is on here to decide the party`s future course of action in the wake of the CBI naming Chief Minister M Karunanidhi`s daughter Kanimozhi in the second chargesheet in the 2G spectrum scam.

Karunanidhi and other top leaders would seek to work out ways of dealing with the situation arising out of the CBI chargesheet that has brought fresh trouble to the party`s ties with UPA lead partner Congress.

Kanimozhi, a Rajya Sabha MP and a prominent face of DMK, has been named as `co-conspirator` in the scam, bringing the party`s first family in sharp focus for the first time.

The DMK patriarch is reportedly upset over the fresh development, but party sources said a drastic action like pulling out of the UPA ministry was unlikely.

Party sources have said DMK was unlikely to do anything to precipitate matters with Congress, particularly at a time when results of the April 13 Assembly polls are to be announced on May 13.

In the first blow to DMK, its Dalit face and former Telecom Minister A Raja was chargesheeted and lodged in prison.

Of late, DMK`s relations with its seven-year-old ally Congress have been uneasy, more so before the recently held assembly polls.

All eyes are now on today`s meeting where DMK is expected to work out strategies to wriggle out of the present situation.

DMK has already made known its displeasure over the "publicity exercise of gargantuan proportions" given to CBI questioning Kanimozhi, Karunanidhi`s wife Dayaluammal and Sharad Kumar, all stakeholders in Kalaignar TV, which allegedly received loans from DB Realty in a `circuitous route.`

Karunanidhi has so far steered clear of speculation about pulling out of the UPA ministry.