After forcing the exit of textiles minister Dayanidhi Maran from the union cabinet on the eve of a cabinet reshuffle - most likely on Monday - the Congress reached out to DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi met on Saturday to finalise the contours of the next cabinet, and there was apparently no proposal to induct fresh DMK candidates in the cabinet following Maran and former telecom minister A Raja's exit for their alleged roles in 2G scam.
Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee met Karunanidhi in Chennai on Saturday and declared: "There is absolutely no problem with the alliance with the DMK, which is going strong and will continue."
Sources claimed that they also did not discuss taking in DMK representatives in the cabinet.
The sources said Karunanidhi spent most of the time talking about his daughter Kanimozhi, who is currently in Tihar jail also in connection with the 2G scam.
The DMK will discuss its ties with the Congress at its general council meeting on July 23 and 24 at Coimbatore.
The other major UPA ally, the Trinamool Congress, conveyed to the Congress high command that it wanted to retain all its portfolios, including the railways.
Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee wants minister of state for health and family welfare Dinesh Trivedi to become railway minister.