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Azad calls on Karunanidhi, triggers tie-up talk

Azad downplayed it as a courtesy call, insisting that politics did not figure in the talks.

Chennai | Published: January 10, 2014 3:25:42 am

In a surprise development, Congress leader and union minister Ghulam Nabi Azad called on DMK president M Karunanidhi at his CIT Nagar residence Thursday night, setting off speculation about the two coming together once again to face a tough election.
Emerging from the 30-minute meeting, Azad downplayed it as a courtesy call, insisting that politics did not figure in the talks, though he chose to delve into the good relationship the partners had. “I have not come here to discuss alliance. We have been together for decades, we have never fought with each other… we will decide (on the alliance) when election comes,” he said. He evaded a direct question whether the Congress was open to an alliance, stating that the alliance had been there for a decade.
The meeting came just three weeks after Karunanidhi declared at the party’s general council meeting that it would not have an alliance with Congress for the Lok Sabha polls. His son and DMK leader MK Stalin, who led the group who insisted on snapping ties with Congress, was not present at the meeting.

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