Chennai: The DMK-Congress alliance hit another low in Tamil Nadu with a top leader saying DMK is "not bothered at all" if the Congress exits the partnership.
The accusation of a Congress leader against DMK saying Dravidian party did not follow coalition dharma during allocation of seats for the local body polls has sparked a row which left DMK leaders red-faced. "If they leave the alliance, let them go. What is the harm? We are not bothered if the Congress goes out of the alliance, in particular, I am not concerned," Durai Murugan told reporters.
Asked if DMK's vote share would be hit without Congress, he said: "No, not at all. Only if they (Congress) have a vote share ours (votes) will get reduced." The comments drew an instant response from Congress MP Karti Chidambaram, who questioned: "Why did not this wisdom dawn before the Vellore parliamentary by-election?"
The DMK-Congress rift went public when Tamil Nadu Congress chief KS Alagiri accused DMK chief MK Stalin of shortchanging the party by not allotting a fair number of posts of local body chiefs. The Congress said it was not given any of the 27 district panchayat chief posts.
An upset DMK then boycotted an opposition meeting in Delhi called by Congress president Sonia Gandhi to discuss strategy to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
DMK leader TR Baalu said Mr Alagiri could have avoided making a public statement against their chief. "We did not take part in the meeting since our chief was accused of violating coalition dharma. The statement is a direct accusation on the DMK president," Mr Baalu, a Lok Sabha MP, told reporters on Monday.
Mr Alagiri has reportedly regretted his outburst since then in a meeting with Sonia Gandhi.