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FDI in retail : Ghulam Nabi Azad tries to convince Karunanidhi ahead of all-party meet

New Delhi, Nov 26 (): With an intention to convince the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) ally on board on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail, Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad met DMK chief M Karunanidhi who has asked for another round of meeting with UPA allies on the issue.

The ruling government has failed to receive a promise from its key ally DMK from the meeting which took place for ninety minutes on the issue which might cause a great concern to the Congress government.

The meeting took place ahead of the vital all-party meeting on Monday in Delhi, in a bid to take the southern ally on board to attack the Opposition which seemed not to be fruitful for the ruling government.

To get hold of the views of the DMK chief on discussion regarding voting Mr. Azad said, “As far as FDI in retail is concerned, I would frankly say that the DMK chief has lot of reservations.” Opposing the FDI in retail, the DMK has already threatened not to support on the issue.

Even during the dinner which was hosted to all the UPA allies last week, the party has strongly opposed to back the government.

Anxiety ran high among the political parties when FDI was cleared by the Centre, told Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad to reporters.

Assuring the DMK party Azad told that the centre shall not force any party or any government to put the FDI issue in practice against the wishes of the respective states. Azad has also promised Mr. Karunanidhi to conduct one more meeting of like-minded parties within a couple of days so that the parties will be free to express their views.

Being the second biggest constituent of the Congress-led UPA, the meeting will be looked forward as a crucial one.

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