CHOGM pressure on Centre, PC meets Karunanidhi

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Chidambaram with Karunanidhi at the DMK chief’s residence in Chennai on Saturday. 	PTI Chidambaram with Karunanidhi at the DMK chief’s residence in Chennai on Saturday. PTI
SummaryThe Finance Minister, however, did not disclose what transpired at the meeting.

With political parties in Tamil Nadu stepping up pressure on the Centre to boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo this month, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram met DMK chief M Karunanidhi here Saturday and said no decision has been taken on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit so far.

Speaking to reporters after meeting the DMK patriarch at his residence, Chidambaram termed as “incorrect” media reports on Singh’s likely participation in CHOGM.

“Media reports are incorrect. The subject is still under discussion. A final decision is yet to be taken. Individual Congress leaders have expressed their opinion,” he said. The Finance Minister, however, did not disclose what transpired at the meeting.

DMK is among 11 major political parties in Tamil Nadu which have demanded that India boycott the CHOGM and register its strong protest over alleged war crimes against Tamils in Sri Lanka.

The DMK patriarch recently hardened his stand over the issue, saying “not even a speck of rust should be present at the meet” and also cautioned former ally Congress that it would have to “face the consequences” if the PM participates in it.

The Congress had aligned with DMK in Tamil Nadu in the last two Lok Sabha elections. Though the DMK snapped its alliance with UPA on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue in March this year, it continues to maintain political ties with the Congress, which supported its candidate Kanimozhi in the Rajya Sabha polls.

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