Talks between Alagiri and Sonia appear to have failed


Staff member
New Delhi/Chennai March 8:

Talks between Congress President Sonia Gandhi and DMK leaders M K Alagiri and Dayanidhi Maran late tonight appeared to have made no headway in securing a breakthrough in the stalemate on seat-sharing between the two parties for Tamil Nadu assembly polls though DMK put on hold its decision to pull out of UPA government.

On a day of hectic developments, DMK appeared to have pulled itself back from the brink when it acceded to Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's appeal for a day to give negotiations a chance. Late in the evening, Alagiri, son of DMK chief M Karunanidhi, and Maran drove to Gandhi's residence at 10, Janpath, and had a nearly 40-minute meeting. Emerging from the meeting, neither Alagiri nor Maran spoke to the waiting mediapersons.