New Delhi: After a lot of push and pull, the DMK has decided to keep the perks it enjoys by staying in the coalition government.

Finance minister and Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee’s talks with DMK Chief M Karunanidhi resulted in the Tamil Nadu partner restraining the resignation of its six ministers. However, the seat-sharing discussions continue.

The six ministers who met Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi have held back the decision for the next 24 hours.

It is pertinent to mention that the deadlock between both the parties was not just over the seat sharing, but also because of investigation in the 2G spectrum case that included questioning of Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi and wife Dayalu. Karunanidhi believes that Congress didn’t interfere in the course of investigation and so the CBI questioned his daughter and wife.

However, people within the Congress party had clearly indicated that the 2G investigation was done as directed by the Supreme Court and the party had no say in it. If sources are to be believed, DMK would not want to split with the Congress just for three seats when elections are knocking at the door.

DMK was also unhappy with Home Minister P Chidambaram, who is an MP from Tamil Nadu and so keeping this factor in mind, the responsibility to end the deadlock by talks was handed over to Mukherjee. On Monday, Union Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran met Mukherjee and Health minister and Congress TN in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad. Later Mukherjee, Azad met Gandhi with Ahmed Patel in tow.

The meetings which are taking place in Alagiri’s house in New Delhi, Karunanidhi and Stalin’s place in Chennai have put off the resignation of six ministers for the time being.

(JPN/ Bureau)