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    Sonia gets tough with DMK over seat sharing

    New Delhi: A meeting between the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and DMK leaders MK Alagiri and Dayanidhi Maran over seat sharing in Tamil Nadu has been inconclusive, sources have said.

    Sources also said that a miffed Sonia also made herself clear that the DMK had violated coalition dharma by threatening to pull out of the alliance and going public with their differences. Sources said that the Congress is not willing to compromise on its demand for 63 seats.

    The Congress also wants the DMK to come out with a statement admitting that the withdrawal from the UPA Government was not the right thing to do. Congress sources have told CNN-IBN that the party won't come under pressure from the DMK and that though it values its allies, there should be mutual respect.

    Sources have said that the Congress is not desperate to keep the alliance and is ready to face the people.

    On Tuesday, Pranab Mukherjee had asked the six DMK union ministers to hold on to their resignations till Wednesday. The six DMK ministers: Dayanidhi Maran - Textiles, Alagiri - 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 had earlier decided to submit their resignation to the Prime Minister on Monday.

    The Congress and the DMK are still trying to hammer out a compromise over seat sharing in Tamil Nadu.

    The DMK had on on Saturday decided to pull out of UPA Government at the Centre, withdraw its ministers from the Cabinet and said that the party would provide only issue-based support to the Central Government.