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Alagiri, Maran meet Pranab; Sonia upset with DMK

March 08, 2011 14:44 IST

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leaders M K Alagiri and Dayanidhi Maran on Tuesday renewed efforts to find a way out of the crisis over seat-sharing issue with Congress in Tamil Nadu by meeting Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

The two parties are deadlocked over on a deal over sharing of seats following DMK's decision on Saturday to pull out its ministers from the UPA government over Congress attitude.

The meeting, in which another DMK leader S S Palanimanickam was also present, came after their talks with Sonia Gandhi on Monday night failed to yield results.

Congress sources said there was no breakthrough during the talks amid reports that Gandhi was peeved with DMK's decision to pull out its ministers from the UPA government.

There was no word from either side about what transpired during the talks with Mukherjee, who has been acting as the main trouble-shooter following DMK's sudden move last Saturday.

Reports had it that Gandhi had conveyed to the DMK leaders her displeasure over that party's action, which had come as a bolt from the blue for the Congress in the middle of the budget session of Parliament.

Congress sources claim that the brinkmanship in the DMK was out of internal problems in the organisation between Alagiri, having influence in south Tamil Nadu, and Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin, whose stronghold is north Tamil Nadu.

Sources said that Mukherjee has already twice held telephonic talks with DMK supremo M Karunanidhi and a possibility of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh coming into the picture at the last minute to hammer out a solution is not ruled out.

The Congress is insisting on contesting 63 seats whereas the DMK was prepared to give 60, twelve more over the number Congress contested in the last elections.  DMK was also not wiling to concede to Congress the choice of seats.

A section in the Congress that a way out would be found out sooner than latter with DMK itself realising the problems it could face by such an action.

Meanwhile, Congress MPs from Tamil Nadu also met Mukherjee on Tuesday to apprise him of their concerns in the matter.

"Congress votes are the deciding votes in Tamil Nadu. Only the party, which is with the Congress, can win. So far the alliance is on. I wish it will continue," Congress MP J H Haroon told media persons outside Parliament House.

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