Chennai: Too many partners, but there are only 40 constituencies to part with. Amid criticism from political analysts and a section of his own cadres, DMK president M K Stalin arrived at the final figure on seat-sharing Tuesday, by adopting a 20-20 strategy.
By keeping 20 seats for itself, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam has shared an equal number of constituencies among its allies – Congress (10), VCK (2), CPI (2), CPI-M (2), MDMK (1), IUML (1), KMDK (1) and IJK (1).
While a senior AIADMK leader says the DMK has gone weak under the leadership of Stalin and the ‘party succumbing to pressure from allies’ by allotting more seats to them is just an example to his claim, a DMK senior, who was part of the seat-sharing process, denies this.
“For decades, since the time of Kalaignar (Karunanidhi), the DMK has been cordial towards its allies and it was a trusted partner in coalition governments at the Centre only because of its friendly attitude. Especially in parliamentary polls, the DMK had the habit of being liberal towards its friends and we have adopted the same strategy this time, too. It is mischievous to say that the party has become weak under Thalapathy (Stalin). In fact, these many parties coming under the DMK’s umbrella shows our strength. This is a winning combine and our alliance will storm to power in Delhi.”