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Anbumani briefs Sonia, Manmohan

Anita Joshua

NEW DELHI: Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss met UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday to apprise her about the political scenario in Tamil Nadu after the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) snapped ties with the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), to which he belongs.

“Be united”

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

Dr. Ramadoss also met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and narrated the circumstances that led to the snapping of ties.

Non-committal

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 on what the Congress would do if the PMK decided to ally with the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and whether the DMK had violated coalition dharma by taking the unilateral decision to snap ties with the party led by S. Ramadoss.

While the Congress was reluctant to officially comment on the developments, party 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, sources pointed out that he had in turn cut off the PMK’s bargaining power with the AIADMK.

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