Dated 03rd January, 2008
New Delhi, Feb 29 (IANS): Former cabinet minister Dayanidhi Maran, who is now in the bad books of uncle and mentor DMK patriarch M. Karunanidhi, reportedly met Congress president Sonia Gandhi this week. According to Congress party sources, Maran wanted Gandhi to tell the Tamil Nadu chief minister not to harass him.
However, another motive behind his visit was apparently to act as a go-between with AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalitha, with whom he has grown close of late.
Jayalalitha, former Tamil Nadu chief minister, had a bitter parting of ways with the Congress when she became close to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the late 1990s. Jayalalitha has been trying to build her bridges with the Congress ever since the party came to power in 2004.
A majority of Congressmen in Tamil Nadu are said to be in favour of aligning with the AIADMK rather than the ruling DMK. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is also believed to have a good rapport with Jayalalitha. At least a section of the Congress leaders hope that Maran's moves would fructify in a re-alignment.