After the Trinamool Congress made public its opposition to the petrol price rise, it was the turn of the DMK to flex its muscles threatening to pull out of the alliance on the issue. However, within hours of issuing his ultimatum, party chief M Karunanidhi did a U-turn claiming he was misquoted and said his party would continue to remain within the UPA with “bitterness.”
Addressing party workers, protesting against petrol price price rise in Chennai today, Karunanidhi said, “The DMK is in the coalition. But it is our duty to voice concern against policies that will affect the people.”
Worried about how Karunannidhi’s statements about pull out had been misconstrued, senior DMK leader T R Baalu met the prime minister this afternoon. Officially, however, the DMK maintained that Baalu conveyed the party’s demand for a rollback. With DMK out of power in Tamil Nadu, it cannot afford to pull out of the government at the Centre.