Sonia meets Manmohan Singh, discusses DMK stalemate

May 22nd, 2009 - 1:36 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, May 22 (ANI): UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Friday to discuss the stalemate with the DMK over portfolio allocation.

The meeting took place in the wake of the DMK (with 18 MPs) deciding to extend outside support to the UPA after talks with the Congress on ministerial berths collapsed.

Gandhi’s Political Secretary Ahmed Patel was also present at the meeting that took place at the Prime Minister’s residence.

It is also expected that final touches are being given to the list of the council of ministers likely to be sworn in 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 keen to give two Cabinet berths, four MOS slots, including two with independent charge. (ANI)

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