Cong downplays PMK break-up

Cong sought to play down the effect of its ally PMK in TN going with opposition AIADMK,saying it had made every effort to keep the UPA intact.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published:March 26, 2009 2:57 pm

Congress sought to play down the effect of its ally PMK in Tamil Nadu going with opposition AIADMK,saying it had made every effort to keep the UPA alliance intact.

“What I can say is that every effort has been made to reach out and keep the UPA alliance going. I have no doubt as far as the Congress stands,we have reached out to the maximum,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singvi said in New Delhi as the PMK General Council overwhelmingly favoured aligning with AIADMK.

However,he said if any partner wanted to “dilute the alliance,it would have to take the responsibility for whatever happens”.

Singhvi’s comments came even as BJP said PMK’s parting ways showed that the UPA coalition was “disintegrating”. The Congress leader said the party had never broken alliance with PMK and there was “no question of keeping an option open”.

“For local reasons,if they have differences and they have joined somebody else,that is a different issue,” Singhvi said,adding that Congress had a “broad spectrum of alliance” in Tamil Nadu.

Reacting to the development,BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said,”It forms a general pattern that the UPA is disintegrating. … it is disintegrating before the 2009 elections,that is the bottom line.”

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