Thursday, March 3, 2011

Seat sharing between Cong, DMK to be finalised tonight

Updated on Wednesday, March 02, 2011, 20:55

Seat sharing between Congress and DMK for the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections is expected to be finalised tonight during a meeting between AICC general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad and DMK supremo and state Chief Minister M Karunanidhi. 

Congress sources said Azad has left for Chennai from Mumbai and would hold talks with Karunanidhi amid indications that the party could settle for around 60 seats for the elections scheduled for April 13. 

Congress had began the negotiations with a demand of 80 plus out of the 234 seats in the state. 
Azad, along with other members of the party panel to finalise seat sharing in the state, had met Congress President Sonia Gandhi yesterday. 

The two parties are now finalising the seat sharing at breakneck speed after yesterday's announcement of the election schedule and rival AIADMK having formalised its tie-ups. 

There are only 17 days left for the filing of nominations to begin and the poll schedule announced by the Election Commission has given parties lesser time for campaigning as compared to earlier elections. 

The DMK has completed the seat sharing exercise with minor allies like PMK, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, IUML and Movendar Munnetra Kazhagam. 


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