Jayalalithaa to travel to Delhi; to spoil DMK happiness?

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Chennai, Jun 10: With speculation rife that the Congress-DMK alliance is in critical condition, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa will be travelling to Delhi on Jun 13 to meet with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and AICC president Sonia Gandhi. With DMK's alliance with the Congress on critical life-support, if Jaya's visit will pull the plug off it remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, a high-level emergency meeting by the DMK is under way to determine what the future course of action ought to be on the fragile Congress-DMK alliance that got another shot in the arm after the DMK patriarch Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi's bail plea was rejected yet again and Dayanidhi Maran getting embroiled in the spectrum scam.

Jayalalithaa's travel plans could lead to political repercussions and according to official sources within the AIADMK she will be accompanied by Finance minister O Panneerselvam, chief secretary Debendranath Sarangi and other senior officials. The source added, “As the government has rolled out many freebies and welfare measures, Amma (Jayalalithaa) is trying to get some additional funds from the Centre ahead of the budget session. She will meet the PM and Sonia Gandhi."

With Jayalalithaa adamant to exercise her upper hand in Tamil Nadu and quashing all projects carrying the DMK stamp, her moving closer to the Congress will only spell bad news for the DMK. Meanwhile sources within the DMK has reportedly urged the DMK Chief from taking any hasty steps regarding the alliance. Those rooting on DMK's continuing in the alliance include Karunanidhi's son M K Alagiri, MP's, party seniors Union ministers S S Palanimanickam and Napolean.

A DMK leader was quoted as saying, “It would be disastrous for the DMK to pull out of the alliance at such a time when we are at a disadvantage. It is also not advisable to lose our clout in Delhi by pulling out ministers. We told Kalaignar (Karunanidhi) this."

But sources within the DMK camp have expressed that their leader, Karunanidhi is adamant in his stand and was extremely upset with the fact that Kanimozhi's bail was rejected. It has been reported that he was considering pulling out his Minister's from the Cabinet.

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