National Security Adviser M K Narayanan on Saturday met Chief Minister M Karunanidhi [ Images ] and briefed him on his recent visit to Sri Lanka [ Images ] along with Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon.
Narayanan, who arrived in Chennai on Saturday night, had a 15-minute discussion with Karunanidhi and briefed him on the envoys' meeting with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse [ Images ] on Thursday, official sources said.
Narayanan did not talk to the media. Former Union Minister T R Baalu was also present at the meeting.
Meanwhile, the stalemate between the Congress and the Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam over union cabinet berths and portfolios continued today, even as Karunanidhi in a reciprocal gesture thanked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [ Images ] for inviting DMK to participate in the ministry.
Karunanidhi said in a statement earlier in the day that the DMK's high-level action committee would discuss the issue and take a decision. Senior DMK leaders were closeted during the day discussing the issue but no decision has been arrived as yet. Karunanidhi in his statement also welcomed the prime minister's remarks that T R Baalu and A Raja were good colleagues.
"We thank Manmohan Singh's clarification on the DMK ministers in his previous cabinet, T R Baalu and A Raja, who had been the target of some Delhi-based satellite television channels," he said, adding that the prime minister's statement had cleared the air on the two former ministers.
Karunanidhi's son M K Azhagiri [ Images ], who emerged from the meeting, said so far no Congress leader had contacted his party leaders. The first time Member of Parliament, who is tipped to become a minister in the Manmohan Singh government, expressed the hope that Congress would communicate with his party on Sunday and said a solution could be reached thereafter. Karunanidhi continued his discussions with his party colleagues on the issue.