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DMK, Congress join hands for Tamil Nadu polls

Will fight elections under DMK leadership: Congress’s Azad

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Published: February 14, 2016 1:53 am
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The DMK Saturday announced its decision to tie up with the Congress for the forthcoming Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, reversing the situation in the last Lok Sabha elections when the Congress contested alone and bagged 5 per cent votes in the state.

The announcement followed a meeting between AICC general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad and DMK chief M Karunanidhi at the latter’s residence here.

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After the meeting, Azad told the media that his party would fight the elections under the DMK’s leadership. He added that further expansion of the alliance, with other potential partners, was being discussed.

Karunanidhi’s son M K Stalin and daughter Kanimozhi were also present at the meeting. Stalin, the DMK treasurer, said that discussions on seat-sharing were pending.

In the 2011 Assembly elections, the Congress contested 63 seats in alliance with the DMK but won only five, while the DMK too suffered a major setback by winning just 23 seats out of 124 they contested.

Political observers said the renewed alliance between the DMK and Congress would be significant as the Congress accounted for at least 5 per cent votes in the last elections. “Even if G K Vasan split the party after that election, the traditional base of the Congress cannot be challenged. Rather it must have been strengthened under the leadership of E V K S Elangovan. In southern belts, the Congress remains a powerful presence and their second-level leadership draws sizeable votes from various communities, including Nadar, which claims the legacy of K Kamaraj,” said a source.

Meanwhile, DMK leaders are engaged in negotiations with Captain Vijayakanth of the DMDK to strengthen the anti-AIADMK coalition. “We have invited the DMDK. We are waiting for a positive reply,” Stalin said. The DMDK claims to have a vote share of 8-9 per cent in the state.

The leadership of Elangovan is expected to increase the visibility of the DMK-Congress alliance. While Elangovan, known for his trademark speeches, had raised cases against the Jayalalithaa government, Congress leader Khushboo, an actor-turned-politician, is also expected to play a role in the elections with her oratorial skills.

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  1. M
    Feb 14, 2016 at 6:20 am
    Whatever may be the equations, whoever wins there is one loser. all know who is that.
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      kamath Ramesh
      Feb 14, 2016 at 11:31 am
      Congress has no option but to join the ally without any terms. Congress would thank when regional party make them their ally let us forget about any condition. If one or two more defeats regional parties would hesitate to take congress as their ally. This would have happened if Bihar had lost by Nitish.
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        madan gupta
        Feb 14, 2016 at 1:59 am
        चोर डाकू साथ साथ . बिहार में तजरबा काम कर गया. सबसे बड़ा चोर मम्स, इस ने भुत माल खाया है.
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          Meenal Mamdani
          Feb 15, 2016 at 1:01 am
          It seems that Congress has learnt nothing from its election debacle in 2014. Despite its progressive policies and programs, it was booted out it as it became known for the scams committed during UPA tenure. Chief among these was the 2G scam where Kanimozhi spent considerable time behind bars. Now Congress wants to join hands with the same scammers only to gain political power. Congress should learn something from Mehebooba. She has been very cautious about renewing her coalition with BJP as she knows that Kashmiris will not forgive her if the coalition is unable to deliver on promises of development and removal of AFSPA. DMK has nothing to lose and everything to gain by a tie up with Congress. All political parties have some amount of underhand dealings but they must deliver on governance. AIADMK for all its worship of Jayalalitha and scams, has been very good on governance. DMK has so much infighting because of rivalry between Stalin, Alagiri and Kanimozhi that they cannot even govern properly. Why join hands with this band of losers? Is it so bad to go solo because one cannot find a suitable partner?
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            M S
            Feb 14, 2016 at 1:53 am
            2G ke chor mousere bhai yaa daamaad our a
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