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    Cong likely to sort out stand-off with DMK

    New Delhi: The Congress will work at sorting the stand-off with its biggest ally - the Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK), sources have told CNN-IBN. The party is likely to send emissaries to DMK chief and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.Sources have said that the Congress' key troubleshooter Pranab Mukherejee is likely to speak to the DMK leadership to resolve matters at the earliest.The DMK on Saturday pulled out of the the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) after seat-sharing talks for the Tamil Nadu elections broke down on Saturday.The Dravidian party earlier also indicated that all is not yet lost. DMK leader TR Baalu said that his party would review its decision of pulling out of the UPA and withdrawing its ministers from the Union Cabinet if the Congress reached out to it."My friends (Congress leaders) come back with the same thing as yesterday (Friday) then it is a very big problem for us. The issue-based support will be there. At the same time we are withdrawing our ministers, that's all. If my friends come back with the same thing then it is a problem," said Baalu."Definitely we will have a discussion if they (Congress) reconsider. If Congress agrees for 60 seats we will reconsider out decision (to pull out of Cabinet)," he added.DMK chief and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi is waiting for final word from the Congress but the DMK has made it clear that it cannot give more than 60 seats to the Congress, which wants 63. The final decision on continuation of alliance is expected by Sunday evening.DMK sources are hopeful that the Congress would try and make one more effort to reach out.Although the DMK has claimed that the intransigence by the Congress over seat-sharing talks led to the break-up of the alliance but sources say there were others issues too on with the two parties were at loggerheads.The investigation into the 2G spectrum scam and DMK leader A Raja's exit as telecom minister had put a strain on alliance which was aggravated by the raids by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on DMK-owned Kalaignar TV. Both these incidents were seen as personal attack on the Karunanidhi family by the DMK.Congress sources also point out that the party did not have problems only with the number of seats being offered by the DMK but also the fact that most of the seats being offered were not winnable.Cho Ramaswamy, a political commentator and Editor of Tughlak, said that there was more to the crisis than meets the eye.“I won’t say there is absolutely no chance of Congress trying to pick up an alliance with AIADMK (J Jayalalithaa’s party) but it will be difficult now. I have my own suspicion on this because I picture it like this in mind that the Cong would have told the Chief Minister (Karunanidhi) that they are not able to prevent the CBI from going near the family members at least one or two of them and then he may have pleaded with him to ensure it does not happen. But the Congress must have said that the Supreme Court is supervising the investigation and we cannot help. He (Karunanidhi) might have thought that by breaking the alliance he can paint it as an act of revenge by the Government against him,” said Ramaswamy.But for now, the DMK has pulled out its ministers from the Union Cabinet and has decided to give only issue-based support to the UPA Government.The six DMK minister: Dayanidhi Maran (Textiles), Azhagiri (Chemicals and Fertilizers), S Palanimanickam (MoS Finance), D Napoleon (MoS Social Justice and Empowerment), S Jagath Rakshakan (MoS Information and Broadcasting) S Gandhiselvan (MoS Health), would meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday and submit their resignation if there is no breakthrough till then.Meanwhile, other parties in Tamil Nadu are also closely monitoring the developments.