Tamil Nadu elections: State Congress may push for at least 45 seats from DMK

Congress and DMK revived their alliance after a three-year break-up to face the coming assembly elections.

By: PTI | Chennai | Published: March 26, 2016 8:41 pm
Tamil Nadu, tamil nadu elections, tamil nadu polls, dmk, tamil nadu congress, congress dmk seat shearing, dmk congress tamil nadu, tamil nadu news, india news, latest news Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad meeting with DMK Chief M Karunanidhi at his residence in Chennai on Friday. DMK treasurer MK Stalin, Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi, TN Congress chief E V K S. Elangovan and others are also seen. (Source: PTI)

Faced with reported low offer by DMK, Congress state unit in Tamil Nadu is eyeing at least 45 seats and conveyed its view to the party central leaders negotiating the seat sharing with the regional party for the May 16 assembly elections.

In an apparent climb down, Congress which began negotiations yesterday with the DMK by seeking 63 seats that it contested in the 234-member assembly in 2011, is considering agreeing for at least 45 seats, Congress sources said on Saturday.

Congress and DMK revived their alliance after a three-year break-up to face the coming assembly elections.

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Senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mukul Wasnik held first round of seat sharing talks with DMK President M Karunanidhi here yesterday during which the latter was reported to have offered a little over 30 seats.

The two AICC leaders later held a meeting with senior leaders at Sathyamurthy Bhavan, the TNCC headquarters
yesterday, over DMK’s offer.

“After the meeting with Central leaders, consultations were also held among the Tamil Nadu leaders,” a senior party leader told PTI.

During the consultations, the overall opinion was in favour of settling for 45 seats and in a worst case scenario this may go down a little, the leader added.

“At least this number is needed as aspirants loyal to several (state Congress) leaders need to be accommodated,” the leader said.

Citing smaller outfits like IUML and MMK being allotted five seats each by DMK, he said,”DMK cannot undercut us by harping on the exit of GK Vasan.”

DMK had yesterday, during negotiations, said the strength of Congress had weakened due to the exit of Vasan who revived the Tamil Maanila Congress, floated by his late father G K Moopanar in the 90s.

“Posturing is quite common in such negotiations. We are also sure DMK understands that this election is more crucial to it than to us…,” he said.

He claimed Congress, despite the exit of Vasan, continued to have “robust” organisational presence across the state besides committed voters.

  1. A
    Mar 26, 2016 at 10:09 pm
    Both Congress and DMK are untouchables. People in TN are fed up with these two parties, put India and TN backwards and stoneage
    1. J
      Jemma Thomas
      Mar 26, 2016 at 10:18 pm
      A party can't find a Hindu where our country has 83% Hindu potion. It shows their contempt to this country. Their arrogance of taking Hindu vote and filling all the positions with mafia and terrorists shows that they just don't care of majority. They use all sorts of fanciful words like democracy and secularism to blackmail your intelligentsia. DO NOT FALL IN THEIR TRAP AS IT IS YOUR AND YOUR KIDS FUTURE. Even Vijayakant may be better option than DMK when you look at their desperation to get hold of your vote.
      1. J
        Jemma Thomas
        Mar 26, 2016 at 10:12 pm
        Congress is represented by two terrorists , of course shows what type of organisational structure they may have. Suicide bombers squad that is what they are building. Mafia with ISIS terrorists in congress membership shows its true democratic intentions. Indian voters, please be aware of congress and its office bearers, they have hijacked our national icon and filled them with terrorists and mafia. Your votes can change our security and future of our kids. Think before casting that valuable right. Don't fall in their trap of democracy and secularism, they use all these fancy words to trap our so called pseudo literates like chidambarams. You don't sell your own mother for all these fanciful words.
        1. R
          Mar 30, 2016 at 5:22 am
          Unfortunately the saffron terrorism is overtaking the other types in this country.
          1. Rajesh Kumar K
            Apr 13, 2016 at 7:24 am
            oops..kid with illiteracy.. who is not hindu.. and secularism meand piece of all.. religious parties and their supporter even dont know the meaning of democracy.. they know only terrorism
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