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Karunanidhi stakes claim to seven ministries

DMK, which has won 18 seats on its own and brought a total of 28 seats from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in alliance with Congress, is said to be staking claim to seven berths in the new government, the same number it has in the outgoing ministry.

delhi Updated: May 19, 2009 23:32 IST

DMK, which has won 18 seats on its own and brought a total of 28 seats from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in alliance with Congress, is said to be staking claim to seven berths in the new government, the same number it has in the outgoing ministry.

Party chief M Karunanidhi, who arrived in New Delhi with son MK Azhagiri who is making his debut in the Lok Sabha, daughter Kanimozhi, and grandnephew Dayanidhi Maran and some leaders, met UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The Chief Minister refused to discuss the issue of portfolios for his party in the new government but is believed to have pressed for the same number of berths as in the outgoing government.

"It will not be known now. You will come to know after we get it," he told reporters who wanted to know if the party would retain the seven ministerial berths.

DMK, which had 16 seats in the dissolved Lok Sabha, has got two more seats this time while Congress has got reduced number of seats from the state.

Azhagiri, Maran, Kanimozhi and A Raja are said to be in the reckoning for cabinet berths while new entrant TKS Elangovan could be given a Minister of State slot.

Helen Davidson, who won Kanyakumari seat for the first time for DMK, is also being seen as a possible candidate for a Minister of State seat.