Political circles were abuzz today after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met DMK leader M Karunanidhi in Chennai. PM Modi also met other top DMK leaders such as MK Stalin and MK Kanimozhi. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is considered close to the AIADMK and this is the reason why a meeting with DMK leaders has created a flutter in the state politics. PM Modi met Karunanidhi at his residence and enquired about his health. Officially, it has been termed as a courtesy call, but political pundits said it could very well be a bargaining chip for the NDA that is seeking to expand its presence in the Southern states. 93-year old Karunanidhi had been sick for quite some time, but he is making recovery at a steady rate. It may be recalled that PM Modi’s visit to Karunanidhi was decided at the last moment.
Responding to speculations that something may be cooking in the state, the DMK said that there is nothing new and it was just a courtesy call by the Prime Minister, who wanted to meet a top leader of Tamil Nadu. Karunanidhi has a long political career and he had also served as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu. DMK is an ally of the Congress in Tamil Nadu and at the center as well. This is the reason why a meeting with PM Modi has led to various types of speculations. The meeting between Karunanidhi and PM Modi lasted for about 20 minutes.