No headway in DMK, Cong seat sharing talks in TN

RSTV Bureau
DMK chief M Karunanidhi and his son and party treasurer MK Stalin. Photo-PTI

DMK chief M Karunanidhi and his son and party treasurer MK Stalin.
Photo-PTI

In a fresh round of negotiations in Chennai, the DMK and ally Congress discussed seat sharing for the May 16 Assembly polls, but they could not take decision on the number of seats each party is going to contest.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad along with Mukul Wasnik, Elangovan and Congress Legislature Party leader Gopinath met DMK Chief M Karunanidhi and Treasurer Stalin on Friday.

“We discussed election strategy with DMK leadership. Numbers have not been finalised yet. We’ve given some time to DMK, we’ll also discuss among ourselves,” said Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.

The visit of Azad comes against the background of unsuccessful attempts of the DMK to woo DMDK to its camp.

The DMK’s failure to woo Captain Vijayakanth’s DMDK has given congress a chance for extra bargain. Congress has been demanding 63 seats to contest for the 234 member Tamil Nadu Assembly, the same number of seats it contested in 2011 Assembly Polls.

DMK treasurer M K Stalin too told reporters that ‘Congress leaders will discuss with their leadership and get back to Karunanidhi soon’.

“We discussed seat sharing with Congress,they put forth certain demands,discussions were cordial,” said DMK leader MK Stalin.

Crushing DMK’s hopes to build an umbrella alliance against J Jayalalitha’s AIADMK, the DMDK on Wednesday joined Peopls Welfare Front making the election a four-cornered contest.

Besides the Congress, DMK is also trying to get in Muslim parties like the IUML and MMK.