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MK to visit Delhi, Baalu to attend UPA dinner
While the DMK chief will be going to meet his jailed daughter, party parliamentary leader will attend anniversary fete...
NEW DELHI/CHENNAI: DMK chief M Karunanidhi said he will visit New Delhi on Monday to meet his jailed daughter Kanimozhi, but is unlikely to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
He also said that DMK's parliamentary party chief T R Baalu will attend the United Progressive Alliance's second anniversary dinner to be hosted at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's residence Sunday evening.
None of the six DMK ministers in the Manmohan Singh government - including two cabinet rank ministers M K Alagiri and Dayanidhi Maran - will be present at the UPA bash that is likely to be attended by Sonia Gandhi and top leaders of the UPA constituents.
"Parliamentary party chief T.R. Baalu will attend it (the dinner)," Karunanidhi told reporters in Chennai Sunday, two days after Kanimozhi, DMK's Rajya Sabha member, was sent to jail in connection with the 2G scam.
The DMK is the third largest constituent in the UPA coalition with 18 MPs.
Relations between the DMK and the Congress have appeared to be strained following the arrest of Kanimozhi.
Asked about the ties, Karunanidhi replied: "It is not like what you think."
The former Tamil Nadu chief minister Saturday night discussed with other party leaders the issue of attending the UPA anniversary dinner as ministers and MPs reached Chennai from Delhi.
DMK sources in Delhi said the party was in no mood to celebrate the completion of two years of the UPA as Kanimozhi was in jail.
Karunanidhi said he would be going to Delhi Monday to meet his daughter Kanimozhi, former communications minister A Raja and Kalaignar TV managing director Sharad Kumar.
All of them have been lodged in Tihar jail for their role in the 2G spectrum allocation case and Karunanidhi is expected to meet them when they would be produced before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Court.
Karunanidhi's third wife Rajathi Ammal had met their daughter Kanimozhi Saturday in the court.
Asked about a possible meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the DMK supremo said there will not be any opportunity to meet her.
Karunanidhi, writing in the party organ "Murasoli", said the arrest of Kanimozhi is a vendetta against the party and his family.
Defending Kanimozhi, he said her only crime was being a shareholder of Kalaignar TV as per his advice.
According to Karunanidhi, Kanimozhi invested Rs 2 crore in Kalaignar TV out of her share of the proceeds realised by his wife Dayaluammal selling her stakes in Sun TV Network.
He said a sum of Rs.100 crore was realised when Dayaluammal sold her stake in Sun TV. After paying a tax of Rs 22.5 crore on the proceeds the remaining were shared.
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