DMK chief M Karunanidhi sought an audience with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Saturday, driven by his second wife Rajathi’s anxiety to ensure daughter Kanimozhi’s release before Diwali, DMK sources said.
This is the first such meeting since the allies lost to J Jayalalithaa’s ADMK in the Tamil Nadu polls in April.
A shaken Rajathi is upset that her daughter has spent more than five months in Tihar. She wants Kanimozhi to come home for Deepavali and join her son Aditya for the festival. So, Rajathi pushed Karunanidhi to “do his best” to ensure that the UPA “facilitated” Kanimozhi’s bail without any further “hindrance” from the CBI.
The family is now hoping that Kanimozhi’s bail plea, which has been made for a third time, will be considered by the special CBI judge on October 24. Spectrum of accused
On Friday, Karunanidhi met Salman Khurshid as soon as he flew into Delhi, but DMK sources said he could not get much of an assurance from the law minister. The UPA’s stand is that it is for the court and CBI to decide Kanimozhi’s plea. Union minister of state V Narayanasamy also called on Karunanidhi to explain the government’s position.
Kanimozhi’s fate in the hands of the CBI had caused the DMK’s ties with the Congress to nosedive after the April election defeat.
On September 24, DMK parliamentary party leader TR Baalu had called on Gandhi to inquire about her health and also convey Karunanidhi’s “anguish” over denial of bail to Kanimozhi.
Prior to that, Karunanidhi had sent a missive to the Congress chief through a special messenger, saying Kanimozhi had been in jail for more than 120 days and her plea was getting delayed for “one reason or another” and that a political motive could not be ruled out.
DMK leaders admit that the situation in Tamil Nadu “forces” Karunanidhi to stick with the Congress at the Centre. But Kanimozhi’s failure to get bail could upset the DMK-Congress understanding.
“If she gets bail, then the DMK will fill a third slot in the Union Cabinet since Dayanidhi Maran resigned,” said a DMK official.
Karunanidhi is upset that the UPA let his daughter get “entangled” in the 2G case, DMK sources said. Only his sons, MK Stalin and MK Alagiri, are said to have counselled him to act “carefully.”
On Karunanidhi's meeting with Gandhi, Congress spokes-person Abhishek Manu Singhvi said: “There is no question of reading any political motive in the meeting. Some parties look for politics behind every bush.”