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Sunday, July 24, 2011

DMK rules out leadership change, silent on Cabinet berths!


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PTI / The Hindu / COIMBATORE, July 24, 2011.

DMK president M.Karunanidhi speaks at the party's General Council meeting in Coimbatore on Sunday. Party leaders (from left) Duraimurugan, M.K. Stalin, K. Anbazhagan and Arcot N.Veeraswami look on. Photo: K. Ananthan
DMK president M.Karunanidhi speaks at the party's General Council meeting in Coimbatore on Sunday. Party leaders (from left) Duraimurugan, M.K. Stalin, K. Anbazhagan and Arcot N.Veeraswami look on. Photo: K. Ananthan.

Meeting in the backdrop of a series of setbacks, the General Council of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam on Sunday sidestepped the succession issue in the party and remained silent on replacements in the Union Cabinet for two of its nominees who quit over the 2G scam.
In a clear message to cadres, the meeting adopted a resolution saying Mr. Karunanidhi would continue to lead the party.
The top decision making body of the DMK, a partner of the United Progressive Alliance, also chose to remain silent on the issue of its ties with the Congress, despite indications earlier that a section of leaders was against continuing the seven-year old alliance.
The meeting, chaired by DMK president M. Karunanidhi, accused the Central Bureau of Investigation of “bias” in opposing the bail plea of his daughter and Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi in the 2G spectrum case while backing her, A. Raja and Dayanidhi Maran, who resigned from the Union Cabinet over the scam.
Devoting a significant portion of the resolution to the 2G issue, the General Council said Ms. Kanimozhi had been kept in jail for long which it said was against the "principle of natural justice".

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