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“DMK-led alliance will continue”

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MADURAI: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam-led alliance will continue in the State for the Assembly elections and will be a winning combination with the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) also part of it, said Karthi P. Chidambaram, member, All India Congress Committee, here on Saturday.

Answering a question on the controversy over the VCK, he said there had been statements and counter statements but the issue was now settled following Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi's intervention.

“Mr. Karunanidhi had also said that if any political party wanted to join the alliance, it was welcome, but would be inducted only in consultation with the Congress.”

Mr. Karthi Chidambaram was here to inaugurate a tennis academy.

Asked about the charge that non-Congress State governments were taking “undue” credit for developmental schemes implemented by the Centre, he said, “We cannot blame others. It is for the Congress, its leaders and workers to highlight and take the developmental schemes to people.”

More events

The Youth Congress's rally is to popularise the achievements of the Congress and more events would be organised soon, he said.

Responding to a question on the lack of popular support base for the Congress like that of the DMK and AIADMK, Mr. Karthi Chidambaram said that after Rahul Gandhi, All India Congress Committee general secretary, took charge of the Youth Congress, 13 lakh youth had joined the Congress.

The elections were held in a democratic manner and all given identity cards.

For a party which was not in power for 43 years, this membership drive exemplified its growing support base.

Mr. Karthi Chidambaram said that he had no ambition to contest the Assembly elections.

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