On Board Air India One: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh put the DMK on notice by not ruling out an alliance with the rival AIADMK. In a press interaction on board Air India One immediately after winding up the summit meeting of the G-20 in Seoul, he said, ”this is for the Congress high command I think to take note of. I don’t know what Dr Jayalalitha said,” before adding, “we are in alliance with the DMK and that alliance stands as of now.”
The PM was responding to a query on whether the Congress would consider the offer of Jayalalitha to support the United Progressive Alliance (UPA).
Singh’s comments come in the backdrop of the recent move to eject Suresh Kalmadi as the secretary of the Congress parliamentary party and of Ashol Chavan as chief minister of Maharashtra for alleged graft.
Thereafter the UPA has been under pressure to follow through with telecom minister A Raja, a key member of the DMK.