No let-up in DMK-Cong stalemate
DMK spokesperson T K S Elangovan said in Chennai today that the stalemate between Congress and his party over their ties in the Tamil Nadu assembly polls has not yet been resolved and added that talks are still on. HT reports.india Updated: Mar 08, 2011 16:39 IST
DMK spokesperson T K S Elangovan said in Chennai on Monday that the stalemate between Congress and his party over their ties in the Tamil Nadu assembly polls has not yet been resolved and added that talks are still on.
"The status quo continues. They have asked for four hours. We will have time till then and have to wait for four more hours. A final decision is likely by this evening," Elangovan said and refused to answer any other question if AICC president Sonia Gandhi had spoken to Karunanidhi.
According to reports, union chemicals and fertilisers minister MK Alagiri and union textile minister Dayanidhi Maran had held discussions with union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and then briefed their leader Karuanidhi in Chennai over phone.
But, as Elangovan said, a decision has not yet been made so far.
The Congress is sticking to its firm stand of 63 seats and that too of its choice and is also said to be in favour of an announcement of share in power if the alliance is voted back to power.
This is something the DMK has been unwilling to concede at this point in time and it has also not given any hint till now that it would be willing to part with 63.
The DMK would itself wants to contest at least 130 seats so that it has some chance of reaching close to the magic figure of 118 needed for a simple majority in 234 member Tamil Nadu assembly.
By insisting on seats which it thinks it has more winning chances, the Congress wants to come back with enough numbers without which the DMK can not hope to form a government, said a DMK leader.
This is what has lead to a stalemate between the two parties.
But whispers in the political circles are that the DMK is also concerned over the investigations into the 2G spectrum were reaching very close for DMK leader Karunanidhi's comfort with his own daugher and wife under the CBI scanner for their investments in Kalaignar TV.
CBI had also raided the offices of Kalaignar TV, housed in the premises of the DMK party headquarters last month.