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Kanimozhi calls on Sonia, PM

NEW DELHI, June 29, 2013, DHNS: 1:45 IST
In a bid to keep the new-found bonhomie with the former ally intact in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader Kanimozhi on Saturday called on Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

She expressed gratitude on behalf of her party for helping her get re-elected to the Rajya Sabha. Kanimozhi also met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and thanked him for the support.

“I was here to offer thanks on behalf of my party to Sonia Gandhi for supporting us,” she told reporters here. She was accompanied by senior DMK leader and former Union minister T R Baalu.

Kanimozhi, an accused in the 2G scam, won a second term in the Rajya Sabha with 31 votes after five Congress MLAs voted in her favour along with two votes each from two smaller parties–Puthiya Thamizhagam and Manithaneya Munnetra Katchi. The Congress supporting the DMK leader has intensified speculations about the two parties cosying up.

Leaders maintain that it was too early to discuss if the parties will come together in the near future. The DMK had withdrawn support to the UPA government over its differences with the Congress on India’s stand on a US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka to be brought at the United Nations Human Rights Council in March.

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