Will not pull out of UPA: DMK chief Karunanidhi

Chennai: Giving a breather to the UPA government, DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Friday ruled out his party pulling out from the Centre and said he had nothing against the Congress, which is "not helping us" in the 2G issue.

"I have nothing against the Congress. I am not disappointed over Congress not helping us in the 2G spectrum issue," the DMK patriarch told reporters here after a meeting of the party`s High Power Committee, which met amid speculation that DMK might pull out its ministers from the UPA government.

Karunanidhi said the DMK`s General Council, at its meeting next month, would decide on ties with other parties as it was the only authorised body to take such important decisions.

He rejected the Congress contention that it was defeated in the Tamil Nadu assembly polls due to the 2G scam.

"Some vested interests due to jealousy had blown the 2G issue out of proportion."

The DMK in a resolution charged CBI with adopting `double standards` in arresting party MP and Karunanidhi`s daughter Kanimozhi in the 2G scam case.

The Congress mouthpiece said that the results in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry were affected by the 2G scam and these states were lost to other parties. Congress also said there is a need to take a "relook" at its strategy in Tamil Nadu as the party must not lose its vote bank due to "mistakes of its coalition partners".

The DMK meeting also decided to face legally the charge against Kalaignar TV, in which Kanimozhi and her stepmother Dayalu Ammal are stakeholders, that Rs 200 crore loan received by it from DB Realty was part of the 2G scam.

The committee maintained that the loan was part of a private transaction and had nothing to do with the 2G spectrum allocation scam. The transaction was private, transparent and done through banks, it said.

On the arrest of Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV MD Sarath Kumar, the resolution said that the CBI, which interrogated both, did not arrest them then.

"But when they appeared before the special court at Delhi, they were arrested. CBI pleaded against their release on bail. This exposes the double standards of CBI," it said.

The resolution noted that legal experts had stated Kanimozhi`s arrest was illegal and said the DMK would fight it out in the Supreme Court.

In a bid to create public awareness on the issue, the party decided to organise public meetings all over the state for ten days from June 20, the resolution said.

The meeting also decided to convene a meeting of the party`s general council next month.

When reporters persisted with questions on the 2G scam and DMK`s strained ties with Congress, 88-year-old Karunanidhi lost his cool and asked the scribes whether they did not have any other queries for him.

His party colleague and former higher education minister K Ponmudi chided reporters, asking them why they could not put questions on the Madras High Court staying an act to put on hold the Uniform System of School Education, a previous DMK regime initiative.

Asked if CBI was being used as a `political tool` by Congress, Karunanidhi said, "It is a tool but I am not sure if it is a political tool."

On the Opposition demand for resignation of his grandnephew Dayanidhi Maran as Union minister as he was under the scanner in the 2G spectrum issue, he said, "Maran knows how to answer it."