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    Sonia reaches out to Jaya, meeting next month

    New Delhi: UPA chief Sonia Gandhi on Sunday reached out to AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa and congratulated her on the Tamil Nadu election victory. Sonia Gandhi has also extended an invited to the soon-to-be new chief minister for tea in New Delhi. But sources said that it was only a customary courtesy call and that the Congress-DMK alliance is intact.

    The congratulatory phone call from Sonia Gandhi to Jayalalithaa has now led to speculation of possible political changes in the UPA.

    This could be a new strategy by the Congress to distance itself from the 2G tainted ally DMK.

    It is a significant move though, as not all winning leaders have been invited in this manner.

    The AIADMK chief also accepted the invitation and will meet the UPA President next month.

    Jayalalithaa also met the governor SS Barnala on Sunday to stake the claim to form the new government in Tamil Nadu.

    She is likely to take oath on May 16.

    Observers feel that for the moment the Congress-DMK relationship will continue. They also point out that the Congress may be keeping its options open to ensure greater pressure on the DMK, the DMK is desperate to hold on to its ally UPA.

    But Sonia Gandhi and Jayalalithaa have shared a difficult past. During the 1998 general elections, Jayalalithaa had severely criticised Sonia Gandhi and even questioned her foreign roots. But just a few months later, the two women were seen shaking hands at the famous tea party hosted by Subramanian Swamy. Just months later, Jayalalithaa had been the cause for the fall of the 13-month BJP government.

    At the moment, Jayalalithaa's focus seems to be only Tamil Nadu and though sources are saying that it was just a courtesy phone call, the question now is whether in spite of a landslide victory, can this phone call now result in political changes in the UPA?