DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi on Wednesday formally kick-started his Lok Sabha election campaign with a flip-flop, declaring that his party would not be averse to lending support to the Congress party once again in the post-poll scenario. He, however, qualified that such support would come as an ‘opportunity to right past wrongs’ for the Congress, which he blamed for behaving ‘without gratitude’.
The back-handed assurance of support by the octogenarian leader came at the inauguration of his poll campaign here. Karunanidhi had declared at his party’s general council meeting on December 15, 2013, that the DMK would not contest the polls with the Congress since it had not treated his party properly.
“After ruling for so long with our support the Congress has treated us without any gratitude. That is why the Congress is in such a bad state across the country,” he said. “But if these same Congressmen say they will return to the secular fold and that they will not support communal forces, the DMK will support them. It will not be in the form of votes, but to help them undo the sins and cast off the evils that have afflicted them,” he claimed.
Karunanidhi also took the opportunity to take a potshot at his recalcitrant son M K Alagiri. “The DMK does not forget the mistakes of those who forget gratitude, whether by a brother, a wife or a son,” he said, as the crowd burst into cheers. “For me, it is only ideology that is important. Some ask me if I will be around to come to power again. My answer to them is that I will pass on only after ensuring that there is a good future for Tamils,” he added.
Karunanidhi’s comments came at a rally at Chintadripet where he sought support for his candidates for the three constituencies in Chennai.