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DMK silent over govt’s decision on FDI

Chennai, Nov 14 (): Keeping suspense on whether to support the Congress government at the centre regarding FDI in retail, DMK has refused to commit itself when the controversial bill would be tabled in the Parliament, which is scheduled to start its winter session on Nov 22.

“When the Bill is introduced, the DMK‘s role will be revealed,” said DMK chief M Karunanidhi while talking to reporters in Chennai.

Following Mamata Banerjee’s walk-out, the Congress at the centre turned out to be in minority after its decision to hike the prices of diesel, restricting the supply of cooking gas to each family and permitting the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail.

Since the Trinamool Party MPs tendered their resignation in September, the ruling government has been facing the real dilemma after Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal started questioning about the strength of the Congress government demanding them to seek a vote of confidence.

Mamata’s Trinamool Congress has been arguing with the government by saying that how can a government who is in minority can take major decisions like FDI in retail. The party is not ready to accept the decision of the ruling government on FDI in retail after Ms Banerjee’s party walked out from the coalition.

Meanwhile, DMK which is the major ally of the Congress-led UPA has revealed earlier that it will not support FDI in retail, as it does not want to harm small traders of the state who are in large numbers. The party has also participated in the country-wide agitation against the government’s decision along with political parties like the BJP and the Left.

Sources said that party leader TR Baalu will be meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in this regard and would also declare its stand soon. The DMK however is not in a position to support the ruling government’s decision on FDI in retail and would possibly avoid taking any stand.