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DMK to oppose food bill in present form: Karuna

Making clear its stand over UPA’s ambitious Food Security Bill, DMK on Sunday said it would support it only if it incorporated all the important amendments sought by various political parties and not in its present form.
‘If the bill comes with all the important amendments as sought by various political parties, then DMK will support it. If the Centre is firm on bringing it in the present form, without making any amendments, then DMK will oppose it..,’ party president M Karunanidhi said in a statement. 

Responding to chief minister Jayalalithaa’s set of questions to the DMK on the issue on Saturday, he said his party’s parliamentary leader T R Baalu had already submitted the necessary amendments in Parliament on 7 August.

On her comments that nowhere in his earlier statement did he say that DMK would oppose the bill, he asked, ‘Does that statement say anywhere that the DMK would support the bill?’

He also pointed out that the chief minister’s letter to Prime Minister had only said that necessary amendments needed to be made and had nothing to the effect that AIADMK would oppose the bill.
Maintaining that his stand on the issue was always clear, he said, ‘We have always said that we would not accept if the bill is brought in its present form.’
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