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Karunanidhi to take over TN reins

He is slated to be sworn in at a public function on Saturday. HighlightsWB | TN | Kerala | Assam | Pondicherry

india Updated: May 12, 2006 15:16 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

A 31-member DMK ministry headed by M Karunanidhi will be sworn in on Saturday.

A Raj Bhavan communiqué said on Friday that the Governor SS Barnala invited Karunanidhi to form the ministry when the DMK chief called on the Governor to stake claim to form a government.

The list includes MK Stalin, son of Karunanidhi.

Earlier,Karunanidhistaked his claim for forming a government, after being elected leader of DMK Legislature party.

Karunanidhi called on Tamil Nadu Governor SS Barnala at the Raj Bhavan and staked his claim.

He produced letters of support from the Congress, PMK and Left parties, offering unconditional support to his party in forming a ministry.

He had also informed the Governor that he had been elected as the leader of the DMK legislature party, Raj Bhavan sources said.

The Congress support to DMK is likely to be from outside and the DMK would reciprocate the gesture in Pondicherry by giving its outside support to a Congress-led government there.

The 82-year-old DMK patriarch was elected as leader of the Legislature party at a meeting of his newly elected party MLAs and armed with letters of support from allies Congress, PMK, CPI and CPI(M) will meet Governor SS Barnala to stake claim to form a government.

His name was proposed by the party general secretary K Anbazhagan and seconded by party treasurer Arcot Veerasawmy.

Karunanidhi is slated to be sworn in at a public function on Saturday and he will be taking oath as Chief Minister for the fifth time.

Early this morning, Congress leader Veerappa Moily, in charge of Tamil Nadu affairs, met Karunanidhi conveyed to him his party's decision to give "unconditional" support to the government under an arrangement which will ensure DMK's support to a minority government to be headed by Congress in neighbouring Union Territory of Pondicherry.

Though Moily parried questions on whether his party would join the government in Tamil Nadu, party sources said it would provide outside support.

The support of 34-member Congress is crucial for the DMK, which is short of the majority mark of 118 by 22 MLAs. The other allies, Left parties and PMK, have already extended outside support to the DMK.

First Published: May 12, 2006 12:20 IST