Ghulam Nabi Azad likely to visit Chennai to pacify DMK

May 22nd, 2009 - 2:41 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, May 22 (ANI): Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad is likely to visit Chennai tomorrow to hold talks with Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) Chief M Karunanidhi in a bid to break the stalemate over portfolio allocation.

Azad is being deputed as the Congress representative to persuade the DMK Chief after the party announced that it would give outside support to the UPA.

Karunanidhi will not attend Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s swearing in ceremony later this evening.

The DMK, the third largest constituent in the UPA coalition, has demanded three Cabinet portfolios, two Ministers of State berths with independent charge and two Ministers of State berths without independent charge.

Reports said the Congress is willing to give two Cabinet berths, four MOS slots, including two with independent charge. (ANI)

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