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DMK turns to Congress seeking support for Kanimozhi's RS election


Meenakshi Mahadevan,CNN-IBN
Jun 27, 2013 at 10:12am IST

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Chennai: The Tamil Nadu politics has come a full circle with this. Just months after breaking away from the UPA, now it's the DMK's turn to knock on the Congress's door for help. It is asking for support for its only Rajya Sabha candidate - the DMK patriarch's daughter Kanimozhi.

Kanimozhi's re-election to the Upper House would have been doubtful had the Congress not promised the support, albeit reluctantly, of its 5 MLAs. Kanimozhi visited the Congress headquarters in Chennai to thank the state Congress chief.

Political observers say the Congress was not initially in favour of supporting Kanimozhi. But the DMK pulled the right strings. The DMK had pulled out its ministers from the Union Cabinet earlier this year accusing the Congress of inaction over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue. But now the party says its relations with the Congress have always been cordial.

"We have sought Congress's support for the Rajya Sabha elections and they have agreed to vote for our candidate. This has nothing to do with anything else. This is a separate issue. We have opposed the government even when we were in UPA. It has nothing to do with the relationship between two parties," said DMK spokesperson TKS Elangovan.

The desperate need to win the lone Rajya Sabha seat has made the DMK forget the past and move towards the Congress once again. But whether this can be seen as a sign of how things will be in the future remains to be seen.

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