The margin with which the Congress-led UPA government won the motion against the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail sector would go a long way in ensuring a stable government at the Centre, DMK president M. Karunanidhi said on Wednesday.

“My party MPs and I will press for provisions that would protect the interest of small traders and farmers,” he said when asked whether he would urge the Centre to evolve a policy to protect the interest of small traders and farmers.

Mr. Karunanidhi said he had been saying that the government should not be allowed to be toppled and the outcome of the voting had proved his views right.

While welcoming the Supreme Court direction asking Karnataka to release water for Tamil Nadu, Mr. Karunanidhi said he was not ready to blame neither Tamil Nadu nor Karnataka for the present stalemate.

“I am firm that both the States should develop friendly attitude towards each other and should not complicate the issue further. The States benefited by Cauvery river came together to form Cauvery River Authority and every State has a duty to abide by its direction. No one should violate this,” he said.

Asked about the recent war of words between him and PMK leader S. Ramadoss, Mr Karunanidhi said he was not ready to say anything further on the issue. “We are old friends. You are trying to create a confrontation between us. You will not succeed in your attempt,” he said.

However, earlier in the day, he said those who were well aware of the political history of Tamil Nadu would know whether or not the PMK was under compulsion to beg for seats in elections.

“If you ask former Union Minister Anbumani Ramadoss he will tell the truth,” he added.

“I am firm that both States should develop friendly attitude towards each other ”