Chennai: The DMK has reacted strongly against the CBI's supplementary chargesheet in the 2G scam naming party MP and Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi. It will convene a high-level meeting on Wednesday, to decide the future of its alliance with the Congress.
The time to fight the 2G case legally has come for Kanimozhi and Karunanidhi. The question is will she have to fight it alone or will her party the DMK and Karunanidhi's family be united in the political battle.
Kanimozhi being named in the chargesheet was inevitable, but what seems to have surprised the DMK is the nature of charges against the daughter virtually the same as those faced by former telecom minister A Raja.
That is why the DMK issued a strong statement and has now called a high level meeting threatening to discuss the possibility of leaving the UPA
In a statement the party said, "Despite Kalaignar TV's proof for the Rs 200 crore loan and its repayment, Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar have been chargesheeted. Given the circumstances, the party has decided to debate and decide its future course of action and hence hold a high level executive committee meeting on April 27 at 10 am."
Sections within the DMK have been trying to isolate Kanimozhi and A Raja in the 2G case. They were worried about speculation on inclusion of Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu ammal in the charge sheet - that would have meant that her sons MK Stalin and union minister MK Azhagiri and the entire family would be embroiled in the scam. But since that didn't happen, there are now questions over whether everyone in the family would agree to back Kanimozhi and pay the political price.
Is the DMK willing to take the political risk and move away from the Congress ahead of election results on May 13 or will this latest call for an executive meeting be just another case of brinkmanship with the Congress? The party has issued a strong statement but the question is whether it can afford to back it with strong action.
As the DMK debates the issue, the CBI is already under criticism from the opposition for not naming Dayalu Ammal. AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa has now even demanded that Karunanidhi himself be named in the chargesheet.
Clearly with the elections over, this is the 2G test for the DMK-Congress alliance and the question is whether both the sides are willing to decide on the basis of what they think will be the results of the elections or will both sides wait for the results to take a call on future course of the alliance.