New Delhi: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday, downplaying rumours of a rift between the two parties.
“Yesterday I could not meet the PM because of previous engagement. We sought more fund from Centre for flood-affected areas,” said the DMK chief on Monday after his meeting with the prime minister.
This is the first meeting between the two leaders after A Raja, a DMK representative in the UPA cabinet, resigned as Telecom Minister in the wake of the scam.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Monday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and said the ties between the DMK and Congress were “strong”.
“It is as strong as the ties between you (media) and me,” he said after meeting Singh for over 30 minutes at the Raj Bhavan.
Asked whether the 2G spectrum scam had affected the ties, he replied in the negative.
On Sunday, Karunanidhi had fuelled speculation of a rift between the DMK and Congress by skipping an appointment with Manmohan Singh on Sunday evening.
The meeting was scheduled at the Governor’s residence but Karunanidhi chose to attend another event to honour a poet instead.
Earlier that day, the DMK chief was conspicuous by his absence when the PM arrived in Chennai, as his entire cabinet had gone to the airport to receive the PM.
Manmohan Singh is in Chennai to inaugurate the National Science Congress. The fact that the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s name is missing from the list of invitees has only increased speculation that all is not well between two parties.
“When I was called here, I had another important thing to do – to receive the Prime Minister at the airport – that was the duty of a chief minister. But I didn’t go there and came here instead. What does that mean? I consider coming here as a service to the Tamils,” said Karunanidhi.