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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2614

DMK decides on names for ministerial berths; announcement today

Gopal Ethiraj from Chennai

Chennai, 25 May ( The DMK on Sunday M.K.Stalin, Dayanidhi Maran and Azhagiri coming out of CM’s house after meeting.M.K.Stalin, Dayanidhi Maran and Azhagiri coming out of CM’s house after meeting.decided to end its wrangling with the Congress and join the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government after settling for seven ministerial berths, including three of cabinet rank, sources said.
"The problem is resolved. We are joining (the UPA government)," Arcot Veeraswami, a senior DMK leader, said in Chennai. "They are working out the finer details. It is only the DMK supremo M. Karunanidhi who can take a final decision on the names of ministers," he added.

The DMK held a high level core committee at the DMK supremo Karunanidhi's residence on Sunday to resolve the stalemate over the portfolio allocation within the party. Senior DMK leaders and family members were present at the meeting, including Kanimozhi, Dayanidhi Maran and A Raja. Sources said that Chief Minister Karunanidhi had a detailed discussion with each person present at the meeting.

Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Congress leader in charge of Tamil Nadu, had telephonic parleys with the DMK patriarch, they said. He is in Orissa on Sunday and returns to New Delhi Monday. National Security advisor M.K.Narayanan met the CM twice. According to reliable sources the Congress party and the DMK have come to a consensus on the ministerial berths and an official announcement would be made Monday.

Sources say that DMK chief Karunanidhi has agreed to a formula where former shipping minister TR Baalu could lose out on a Cabinet berth.

It is said, the DMK will get three cabinet and four minister of state (MoS) berths.

The names doing rounds for ministers of cabinet rank with their portfolios are: A. Raja (Chemicals and Fertilisers), Karunanidhi's son M.K. Azhagiri (Textiles) and Dayanidhi Maran (Communications and IT). Kanimozhi, the chief minister's daughter, is likely to be minister of state (independent charge) for women and child welfare.

The others in contention for the MoS posts are S. Gandhiselvan, A.K.S. Vijayan and Jagathrakshakan.

The DMK had demanded earlier nine ministerial berths -- two more than what it had in the previous government, but finally decided to settle for seven, party sources said.

- Asian Tribune -

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