New Delhi: In a big relief for ruling Congress party, the DMK led by M Karunanidhi on Thursday agreed to support its candidate for the presidential election scheduled to be held next month.
A decision in this regard was taken after DMK leaders TR Baalu and MK Stalin met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi today.
After the meeting, which lasted for around 10 minutes, MK Stalin said, “After the meeting with PM and Sonia Gandhi, we have agreed to support Congress’ candidate for the presidential election.”
Stalin also told reporters , “DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi had already clarified that DMK will support Congress party’s candidate for the top constitutional post.”
The DMK leaders said that their meeting with PM and Congress chief was fruitful.
Talking to reporters Stalin said, "Whatever Karunanidhi had conveyed to Defence Minister AK Antony is the party`s stand on the selection of UPA`s presidential candidate".
On May 5, Karunanidhi said he had no objection if Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee was chosen as UPA`s presidential candidate.
Last month, Gandhi had sent senior party leader Antony to Chennai to take the DMK supremo M Karunanidhi on board on the issue.
Sonia Gandhi had held talks with NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on the issue soon after the meeting between Antony and Karunanidhi.
The UPA chief had on Tuesday also met the RLD chief Ajit Singh.
The RLD chief had yesterday said that Pranab Mukherjee was "qualified" for the highest constitutional post but his views were "positive" on others as well.
A fresh round of consultations on the issue of selection of a Presidential nominee has begun in the UPA, after the Congress Working Committee in a meeting passed a resolution authorising Sonia Gandhi to decide candidates for the Presidential and Vice Presidential elections.
With PTI Input