AIADMK to finalise seat sharing deal today, DMK-allies talks continue to be inconclusive

Chennai: Dravidian majors AIADMK and DMK are continuing seat-sharing talks with their respective key allies BJP and Congress for the coming Tamilnadu Assembly elections, but no outcome has emerged yet.

The AIADMK is however most likely to finalise the deal today, with reports emerging that the ruling party might allot 24 seats to its ally the BJP.

A senior BJP leader had said that the party wanted to finalise the pact before Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s expected visit later this week.

The AIADMK had already sealed its deal with the PMK allotting it 23 seats.

On the other hand, Tamilnadu Congress Committee president K S Alagiri said the talks with DMK treasurer and Lok Sabha MP TR Baalu-led delegation were ‘cordial’.

He declined to say how many seats the national party has sought but said a decision on the seat allocation might be made in the coming days.

“They (DMK delegation) need to talk to their leaders, and so do we”, he said.

DMK held similar discussions with allies CPI and CPI(M).

CPI(M) state secretary K Balakrishnan said, “we have insisted on our numbers and they have expressed their difficulties,” vis-a-vis allocation to other coalition partners”, he said.

 

NT Bureau