In a major breakthrough for the ruling Congress Party at the Centre, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M. Karunanidhi on Tuesday offered to support the UPA Government in Parliament on the issue of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail.
Karunanidhi said that the DMK doesn't want to threaten UPA, as it will give advantage to the BJP
"If we vote against FDI, there is a threat to the UPA Government. Considering the political scenario, we are forced to support FDI. DMK doesn't want to threaten UPA, as it will give advantage to the BJP," he said.
The Centre, which has taken the stand that it will not force the DMK in Chennai or any other state government on implementation of FDI in the retail sector, was earlier making all attempts to persuade Karunanidhi to support the government on the issue.
The DMK, which is the second-largest party in the UPA after the Congress, has 18 Lok Sabha MPs.
Meanwhile, a meeting of the UPA Coordination Committee is presently on in New Delhi to discuss the provision of voting on the issue of FDI in retail.
Today's meeting assumes significance as it comes a day after the all-party meeting convened by the government to resolve the continuing deadlock in Parliament remained inconclusive. (ANI)