MK changes spots, sits on FDI fence
By Express News Service - CHENNAI
15th November 2012 08:44 AM
After months of categorically expressing opposition to FDI in the retail sector, DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi on Wednesday indicated that his party may backtrack on its stand on the issue. The change in stance came on a day when the Left parties gave a notice for an adjournment motion on FDI and the BJP assured full support to any party that opposes the issue in Parliament.
Karunanidhi, who had on multiple occasions earlier said that his party would support any motion in Parliament against FDI in retail, tiptoed around the same question, saying the suspense would lift only on the floor of Parliament.
“We will convene a meeting of all our MPs, and discuss retail in the FDI sector, and arrive at a decision,” said Karunanidhi in reply to questions on whether his party would support a resolution moved in Parliament by the Left or other parties, calling for a vote on the issue. He had often said the DMK would take its stand against FDI, regardless of which party introduced the motion. His comment is a glaring shift from the definitive answers he has been giving over the past few months.
When asked why he was maintaining suspense on his party’s stand, Karunanidhi had a cryptic answer. “I’ve written story and dialogues for over 100 films. Only if there is suspense, the movie will run,” he said. He added that the DMK would keep in mind the view of traders that FDI would go against their interests and decide on the issue.
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