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We won't make loose demands: Mirdha

Chennai April 15. The senior Congress leader, Ram Niwas Mirdha, today declared that his party opposed the ``style of functioning'' of the AIADMK regime but would not hurriedly back the PMK's call for use of Article 356. ``Invoking Article 356 against a State Government is a serious issue and we (Congress) will not talk of it in loose terms,'' he told the media here, brushing aside the PMK leader, S. Ramadoss' plea for dismissal of the AIADMK regime. ``What the PMK says or asks for is not our concern''. As for the Congress, it was ``waiting and watching'' the situation in Tamil Nadu.

However, the AICC leader made it clear that the party disapproved of ``midnight arrests and midnight knocks'' on the doors of Opposition leaders. When his attention was drawn to a similar demand from the TNCC working president, E. V. K. S. Elangovan, for dismissal of the AIADMK regime, Mr. Mirdha, without hesitation, said: ``He is an impetuous person. Some of us are impetuous''.

On the possibility of realignments in Tamil Nadu, he said the Congress tying up with parties in the future could not be ruled out, but as of now, ``the party only wants to strengthen itself.'' Refuting the perception that the Congress was moving closer to the DMK, he said it might work with Opposition parties on public issues but was not thinking of any alliance with the NDA ally now. ``When government staff are denied pension benefits and the economy of Tamil Nadu is in a state of collapse,'' the Congress could not but voice its protests. ``If the other Opposition parties choose to follow us, they are welcome to do so.''

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