DMK says won’t vote against govt

In a relief to the government,the DMK has nuanced its position on the proposal to create the National Counter Terrorism Centre

Written by Manoj C G | New Delhi | Published:March 16, 2012 12:11 am

In a relief to the government,the DMK has nuanced its position on the proposal to create the National Counter Terrorism Centre. The shift assumes significance as main Opposition BJP on Thursday announced plans to seek a division in the Lok Sabha on its amendments to the President’s address on the issue of NCTC. The DMK made it clear it would not vote against the government.

Significantly,sources in the DMK also indicated that it would not press for a division on the amendments it had moved to the President’s address for remaining silent on the attacks on Indian fishermen allegedly by Lankan forces and the US-sponsored resolution against Lanka at the forthcoming session of the UN Human Rights Council. The party,however,hoped the government would support the resolution.

The CPM which had opposed the NCTC also was in no mood to seek a division. Sources said it had no intention to destabilise the government at this juncture and would prefer a voice vote on the amendments that it had moved to the President’s address to merely register its protest. But with the BJP set to force a division on its amendment on the NCTC,the CPM is in a fix. The party appeared reluctant to vote with the BJP on the issue.

“We have not yet discussed the issue,” CPM leader in Lok Sabha Basudev Acharia said.

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