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DMK to provide outside support to UPA govt

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Unhappy with the Congress proposal on ministerial berths, DMK today decided to extend outside support to the UPA government at the Centre.

“The Congress formula is not acceptable to us,” DMK leader T R Baalu told reporters after talks between the two sides.

Baalu announced the breakdown of talks after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called up DMK Chief M Karunanidhi who conveyed his rejection of the Congress proposal.

DMK had been demanding seven ministerial berths, including three cabinet, while Congress was ready to concede only six.

Baalu said there was no formula for government formation in 2004.

However, the Congress was willing to give only two cabinet berths and four MOS slots, including two with independent charge, to the DMK, according to the reports.

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First Published: Thu, May 21 2009. 20:25 IST