Karuna's DMK to support UPA on FDI

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 13:44 hrs

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has said it will vote in favour of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in connection to the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail issue.

DMK chief M Karunanidhi said the decision was taken with ´bitterness´ in order to keep the ´communal forces´ out of power.

"We will support the government on FDI despite differences. We do not want to give room for the BJP to come to power," Karunanidhi was quoted as saying.

Pertinently, the DMK is the largest ally of the UPA after Mamata Banerjee´s Trinamool Congress (TMC) withdrew its support over the recent economic reforms.

The DMK made the announcement a day after the all-party meeting called by the government on Monday to break the logjam in Parliament over the FDI in multi-brand retail issue failed to reach a consensus.

On Sunday, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad´s met with DMK chief M Karunanidhi to bring the UPA ally on board on FDI, but failed to make any headway.

"Karunanidhi has lots of reservations on FDI in retail. He has sought another round of meeting with UPA allies on the issue," Azad said after the meeting.

Meanwhile, both Houses of the Parliament were adjourned on Tuesday as the Opposition created ruckus over issues including Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail.

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned till Wednesday after an uproar over the SC/ST quota.

The Lok Sabha was adjourned till 2 pm amid ruckus over FDI in multi-brand retail issue.

The Parliament has not been able to function since the beginning of the Winter Session last week because of sustained protests by the Opposition in both Houses over FDI in multi-brand retail.

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