Cong sympathises with Karuna but distances itself from 2G

DMK chief M Karunanidhi wound up an emotional visit to the capital after Congress sympathised with his plight but distanced itself and the government from the 2G case in which his daughter Kanimozhi is in jail.

Last Updated: May 24, 2011, 21:37 PM IST

New Delhi: DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Tuesday
wound up an emotional visit to the capital after Congress
sympathised with his plight but distanced itself and the
government from the 2G case in which his daughter Kanimozhi is
in jail.

The two-day visit, essentially to meet his daughter,
coming in the wake of electoral debacle, was conspicuous by
his not having a meeting with Congress President Sonia Gandhi,
a privilege he enjoyed for the last seven years since DMK and
Congress tied up in Tamil Nadu.

After a half-hour meeting with Karunanidhi in the hotel
where he was staying, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad
told reporters that "all these goings on did not affect the
relationship between Congress and DMK and in future also it
will have no effect whatsoever".

Azad, who is in charge of Congress affairs in Tamil Nadu,
said they discussed the election results in the state where
the Congress-DMK alliance suffered a shattering defeat.

He said the Congress and its leadership were concerned
about "the lady being inside the jail".

"Our leader Sonia Gandhi is concerned because Kanimozhi
being a woman is in jail and it is a matter of concern and the
fact is that one cannot do anything," Azad said.

PTI