Special Correspondent

UPA chairperson wants allies to remain united, says Anbumani Ramadoss

NEW DELHI: A day after the two parties parted company, seniormost representatives of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) in the Union Cabinet met United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi to apprise her of the political scenario in Tamil Nadu.

While Health Minister and PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss met Ms. Gandhi in the morning, DMK leader and Shipping Minister called on her late in the evening. Both gave their own versions of the circumstances that resulted in the DMK snapping ties with the PMK.

In a fleeting interaction with the press after the meeting, Dr. Ramadoss said Ms. Gandhi stressed the need for allies to remain united. Asked whether he would resign from the Cabinet, the Minister was non-committal.

Dr. Ramadoss also briefed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the developments.

Meanwhile, the Congress refused to speculate on the impact of the developments within the Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) in Tamil Nadu on the ruling arrangement at the Centre. Taking refuge in DMK leader M. Karunanidhi’s statement that he would not insist on the expulsion of the PMK from the UPA, Congress spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan refused to comment what the party’s stance would be in case he changed his mind.

Similar was her response to questions what the Congress would do if the PMK decided to ally with the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.

Congress sources were of the view that Mr. Karunanidhi had made a good political move by snapping ties with the PMK. Stating that the PMK had given him a tough time, the sources pointed out that he had in turn curtailed the PMK’s bargaining power with the AIADMK.