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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2962

Muthuvel Karunanidhi to meet Manmohan Singh today

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

New Delhi, 04 December, ( The Dravidian strongman Muthuvel Karunanidhi is meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here Thursday.

Ostensible talking point is Sri Lanka Tamil issue but the discussion will be overshadowed by the 'unprecedented, massive show of tri-color waving solidarity' as The Hindustan Times terms the nationwide roar for change in the wake of Mumbai siege. To what extent there will be some dovetailing of Delhi and Chennai concerns is unclear. In fact, political pundits are unwilling to hazard a guess putting a pun on the physical distance between the two metros.

On his part, the Tamil Nadu chief minister is also expected to bring up the rain havoc back home and demand liberal central aid.

A meeting between Sonia Gandhi, the Congress party chief , is on the cards as the two leaders need to confer on the evolving political alignments that signal warming up for the Lok Sabha elections. The two Communist parties have deserted the Congress at the national level. They are migrating to the resurgent Jayalalithaa led AIADMK camp in Tamil Nadu posing a formidable challenge to the DMK-led alliance of which the Congress is a main pillar.

Karunanidhi flew into Delhi Wednesday evening at the head of a team of senior DMK ministers. The meeting with Prime Minister will be a one-on-one affair. Senior DMK leader, general secretary K. Anbazhagan will lead the delegation. Ministers Durai Murugan, K. Ponmudy, E.V. Velu and Arcot N. Veeraswami, leaders of allies, the Congress, PMK, Dravida Kazhagam, Indian Union Muslim League and other smaller parties will join him.

This is second time this week that a Karunanidhi mobilized delegation is knocking at Delhi over ethnic Tamil issue in as many days; the move is seen by political circles in Chennai and Delhi as a calibrated effort on the part of the Chief minister to refurbish his image as the authentic Tamil voice, which is battered by his recent flip-flaps and inability to forge a broad consensus with the opposition for a common cause.

The DMK patriarch mounted the Delhi missions after putting his 'house' in order- patch up with media baron Maran brothers. But interestingly, Dayanidhi Maran, the youngest of the Marans and a MP, is not a part of the delegation. He is not available for comment.

Meanwhile, Karunanidhi critics at home in Chennai are trying to pour cold water on these 'Delhi missions'.

Dr Subramanian Swamy, the intellectual- maverick and the head of Janata Party, is heading the campaign against the DMK chief, though he has not much new to add to public discourse on LTTE.

A Chennai datelined report said, Dr. Swamy on Wednesday reiterated that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was part of the problem in Sri Lanka and therefore 'it could never be made a part of the solution'.

He also criticized the Congress for the meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and a delegation of Tamil Nadu lawmakers on Sri Lankan issue in New Delhi on Tuesday, Saying that the LTTE was the most dangerous and cruel terrorist organization and that it has been training Naxalites and other insurgent groups, Dr. Swamy observed: 'Terrorist, whether Muslim or Tamil, needs the same treatment. Be wiped out. There is no room for double standards'.

-Asian Tribune-

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