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May 24, 2009 at 01:04pm IST

DMK wooed, likely to join govt on Tuesday

New Delhi: The Congress and the DMK are close to resolving their disagreement over allotment of ministerial berths to the Tamil Nadu party, sources tell CNN-IBN.

The DMK is likely to announce on Sunday or Monday that it will be joining the Manmohan Singh government. Three cabinet ministers and four ministers of state are likely to be inducted into the Government from the DMK on Tuesday, sources tell CNN-IBN.

Karunanidhi is meeting senior party leaders individually at his residence in Chennai on Sunday before taking a final call on joining the Congress-led UPA government.

FATHER'S FAVOURITE: DMK chief wants a Cabinet ministry for his daughter Kanimozhi.

The DMK on Friday suddenly announced that it would not be joining the UPA government after the Congress turned down party chief M Karunanidhi’s demand for plum ministerial posts for his relatives and aides.

Karunanidhi, his eldest son M.K. Azhagiri and other senior DMK leaders like T R Baalu and Arcot Veeraswami returned from New Delhi to Chennai after inconclusive talks over ministerial berths to their party.

The Congress said on Saturday that there were no differences with its "pre-poll ally and important partner" DMK despite reports of a rift between the two over allocation of ministerial berths.