She was re-elected to the Rajya Sabha from Tamil Nadu with Congress support following a contest with DMDK candidate A R Elangovan

DMK leader Kanimozhi today thanked Congress president Sonia Gandhi for supporting her in getting elected to the Rajya Sabha earlier this week.

“I was here to offer my party’s thanks to Sonia Gandhi for supporting us,” she told reporters at New Delhi.

DMK chief M. Karunanidhi’s daughter was accompanied by senior party leader and former Union Minister T R Baalu during her meeting with Mrs. Gandhi.

She was re-elected to the Rajya Sabha from Tamil Nadu with Congress support following a contest with actor Vijayakanth’s DMDK candidate A R Elangovan on Thursday.

The 45-year-old Kanimozhi, an accused in the 2G scam, sailed through the contest for a second term with 31 votes, after five Congress MLAs voted in her favour along with two votes each from two smaller parties — Puthiya Thamizhagam and Manithaneya Munnetra Katchi.

The Congress decision to support the DMK came as a surprise against the backdrop of the bitter separation of the two parties after nine years of friendship in the UPA coalition earlier this year over the issue of alleged human rights’ violations of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

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