Ghulam Nabi Azad to visit Chennai today to pacify DMK

May 23rd, 2009 - 12:21 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, May 23(ANI): Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad is likely to visit Chennai today 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.

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Friday expressed hope that DMK will reconsider its decision to stay out of the UPA Government.

Without going into the details of number of portfolios offered to DMK, Dr. Singh described the Congress proposal as reasonable.

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

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