Hours after the AIADMK and the BJP announced their alliance and pact to share seats, the head of the Tamil Nadu unit in Tamil Nadu, K S Alagiri, said his party and its ally DMK will seal an agreement on Wednesday.
The two sides have held several rounds of negotiations so far. The final round of negotiations takes place in New Delhi, between the main members of Congress and DMK. It has almost been decided that the grand old party will have 10 seats out of the 40. This includes nine seats in Tamil Nadu and the only seat in the territory of the adjoining union of Puducherry, said people familiar with the development.
DMK Rajya Sabha MP and secretary of women’s wing Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, DMK’s chief secretary, TR Baalu, represent the Dravidian party in Delhi, while Alagiri, former ministers EVKS Elangovan and KV Thangabalu are negotiating for Congress, added the sources.
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Alagiri said the talks have almost concluded and the probe pact will be signed on Wednesday. Both the DMK and the Congress failed to win any Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu in the 2014 general election.
“We have already announced about our alliance. “We (Congress and DMK) will make a final announcement in Chennai tomorrow,” Alagiri told HT.
The president of the Congress of the Tamil Nadu unit, H Vasanthakumar, had said on Monday night that his party wants to contest 16 seats.
R S Bharathi, organizational secretary of DMK, and Rajya Sabha MP, although he said things will be confirmed on Wednesday night.
“The talks are in New Delhi, our president is on the road leading the meetings of Grama Sabha, he will return to Chennai tomorrow, then he will clear things up for tomorrow night,” Bharathi said.
In addition to the Congress, the DMK is also talking to the CPI and the CPI (M), the MDMK of Vaiko, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK, a Dalit party) and the Muslim Union League of India (IUML) to include them in The alliance.
According to the sources, DMK seeks to compete in about 25-28 seats.
“DMK would dispute from 25 to 28 seats. You can ask VCK and MDMK to compete with your symbol of the rising sun. Both the left parties and the IUML would compete for their own symbols, “said a DMK official who did not want to be identified.
According to R Mutharasan, CPI’s Secretary of State, the party will begin talks after the DMK signs the electoral pact with Congress.
“Within two or three days, we will finalize our alliance with DMK. I do not want to reveal the number of seats we are looking to compete, “said Mutharasan.
Political analysts in the state also say that following past trends, it is likely that DMK will oppose at least 25 LS seats in Tamil Nadu.
“Given that DMK feels it is stronger than AIADMK, it will not compete with less than 25 seats,” said Aazhi Senthilnathan, a leading political analyst.