Karunanidhi to discuss Raja, Azagiri issue with Sonia Gandhi on Sunday

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New Delhi, May 1 (ANI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and Dravida Munnetra Kazagam (DMK) chief M Karunanidhi is expected to come to New Delhi to hold discussion with Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi on Sunday.

Karunanidhi's Delhi visit is coming in the backdrop of mounted opposition demand for the resignation of Union Telecommunication and Information Technology (IT) Minister A Raja.

Raja represents DMK in the Union Cabinet and is reportedly very close to Karunanidhi.

Earlier in the week, opposition stalled parliament demanding Raja's resignation over alleged irregularities in 2G-spectrum allotment.

But the DMK sources have ruled out Raja's resignation.

Sources said that Raja has emerged as the Dalit face of the DMK and enjoys a good rapport with Karunanidhi.

That's why when Karunanidhi's grand nephew Dayanidhi Maran stepped down as IT Minister during UPA, Raja was the automatic choice to replace him.

He retains the post in Union Progressive Alliance (UPA) second term as well, though Karunanidhi has patched up with Maran brothers.hough Raja has got embroiled in two major allegations -- the spectrum allotment-and his alleged telephone call to a Madras High Court judge for a favourable order, but so far Karunanidhi has gone soft on him.

Karunanidhi is also scheduled to discuss with Sonia Gandhi the reluctance of his elder son Union Chemicals Minister Azagiri to continue in Delhi.

While the controversy surrounding Raja has embarrassed the UPA, this is another issue Karunanidhi may have to deftly handle. (ANI)

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