Karunanidhi hints at coalition govt

Voicing confidence that his party will win the TN Assembly polls, DMK chief Karunanidhi Wednesday hinted at a possible coalition government.

Chennai: Voicing confidence that his party
will win the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, DMK president M
Karunanidhi Wednesday hinted at a possible coalition government, a
key issue said to have been raised by long-time ally Congress
as a post-poll arrangement.

"Our prospects are as bright as the Rising Sun (DMK`s
symbol) and we will win as many seats as we require to form
government...It could either be our own or a coalition," he
told reporters here after casting his vote.

During the tough seat-sharing bargaining between Congress
and DMK, the national party is said to have made a strong
pitch for a share in power.

The Congress has been out of power in Tamil Nadu since
1967 when it was unseated by the DMK, then under party founder
CN Annadurai.

On allegations of EC acting in a "biased" manner, the
chief minister said, "As far as we are concerned, they acted
harshly but I won`t say they were partisan. A few people have
been affected by the EC and I don`t see anything wrong when
they talk about that."

During his poll campaign, Karunanidhi had been critical
of the Election Commission, saying that some of its officers
were working like in "emergency times" with the intention of
defeating his party and asked the Centre to consider what
powers the EC should be given in the future.

Deputy Chief Minister and Karunanidhi`s son M K Stalin
also sounded confident of a DMK sweep claiming that its front
would win around 200 seats on the basis of the government`s
populist measures and the overall performance.

After casting his vote here he told reporters that the
Election Commission was not acting in a non-partisan manner
and said his father Karunanidhi has reiterated the same.


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