Twenty four hours after the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham (DMK) announced it was withdrawing its six ministers from the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, the Congress maintained a stony silence in public, keeping its southern ally in suspense. Some indication of the Congress’ mind will come only when the DMK’s six Ministers – including two of Cabinet rank – meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday to hand over their resignations from the government.
Meanwhile, party sources said the reason for the delay in response is because the DMK’s action has reactivated a long standing debate within the Congress on coalition politics. One section is of the view that this is a good opportunity to dump the DMK – and rid the Congress of its 2G taint. Read more..