The Union Health Minister, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, who had negotiated with the DMK on seat sharing for Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, today said there was no breakthrough in the deadlock as of now.

“As of now there is no breakthrough. Let us hope.... (We will see) what is going to happen in the course of the day,” Mr Azad told reporters in Parliament when asked about the DMK-Congress ties.

After seat-sharing talks between the two parties collapsed, the DMK announced its decision on Saturday to withdraw its ministers from the Manmohan Singh Cabinet.