The AIADMK formalised its alliance with the PMK on Saturday,allotting seven seats for its junior partner for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalitha signed an agreement with PMK founder S Ramadoss at her Poes Garden residence on Saturday,also assuring to back the candidate put up by the former UPA ally in the 2010 elections to the Rajya Sabha.
The PMK general council had favoured an alliance with the AIADMK on Thursday,owing to the sharp differences with the state alliance leader DMK.
“This is an unbeatable combination,” said Amma,while Ramadoss said that all 40 LS seats in Tamil Nadu would be won by the alliance candidates in the coming elections.
Jaya said that talks are going on with the two Left parties,adding that seat sharing will be finalised in “one or two days”.
Tamil Nadu and Puducherry together send 40 members to the parliament all of which had gone to UPA members during the 2004 general elections,enabling the coalition to form government at the centre.
PMK ministers to hand over resignation to PM
PMK nominees in the UPA Cabinet Anbumani Ramadoss and R Velu will resign on Saturday from their ministerial posts,party sources said in New Delhi.
Ramadoss (Union health minister) and Velu (Minister of State for Railways) will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday evening and hand over their resignations,the sources said.
The move comes two days after the party surprised all and decided to switch-over to AIADMK-led alliance in Tamil Nadu for the Lok Sabha polls.
The PMK on Thursday said it would join the AIADMK-led front in Tamil Nadu,accusing DMK of ‘humiliating’ its party cadre. The PMK also announced that the two Union ministers will resign in the next two days.
(With PTI inputs)