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"It is regrettable that a senior and experienced political leader has chosen to make such a remark".
Mr.Balakrishnan claimed that he had never stated his party would consider accepting the backing of the DMK in the Sattankulam Assembly byelection if it voluntarily offered support. "I do not know why Mr.Karunanidhi has come up with such a statement without any provocation''he said.
(Reacting to Mr.Balakrishnan's reported statement that his party would consider accepting DMK support, Mr. Karunanidhi yesterday caustically said his party was like a banyan tree which would not invite passersby under its shade.")
However, Mr.Balakrishnan said, the party had always maintained that the DMK could not be considered part of a secular front as it was in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance. The Congress candidate for the byelection would be decided on January 27, Mr. Balakrishnan said.
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