Continuing the suspense over its stand on an Opposition-sponsored resolution in Parliament against Foreign Direct Investment in retail, United Progressive Alliance ally Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam on Wednesday said its decision would be taken keeping in mind the interest of small and medium traders.
"Small and medium retail traders in Tamil Nadu are apprehensive that FDI would greatly affect them. We will discuss and take a decision on this keeping their interest in mind," DMK president M Karunanidhi told reporters.
To persistent queries on why the DMK was maintaining suspense on its stand over the issue and whether it would support a No-Confidence Motion against the UPA government, Karunanidhi, also a well-known screenplay writer, said, "I have written the script for more than 100 films. A film will be successful only if it has suspense."
When asked whether the DMK would support Left parties and some other parties' proposed resolution with provision for voting in Parliament on FDI, he said the party's views would be made known after consultations with DMK Parliamentary Party's members.
Karunanidhi had on Tuesday said the DMK's stand on FDI in retail would be known when a Bill on it was brought before Parliament during the winter session beginning on November 22.
In case of voting, the support of DMK, the second largest UPA ally with 18 Lok Sabha Members of Parliament after the exit of Trinamool Congress, is crucial for the UPA.
DMK has opposed the Centre's decision to allow FDI in multi-brand retail sector and had even supported the nation-wide bandh called by various parties in September.
Karunanidhi had then said if the Opposition moved a resolution in Parliament against FDI in retail, his party would support it.
While Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has threatened to introduce a No-Confidence Motion, the Left parties have decided to move motions under voting rules in both Houses of Parliament to reject the government's decision on the issue.