PMK to join DMK-Congress combine for assembly polls: Karuna

Last Updated: Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 19:38

New Delhi: Ending days of suspense, DMK
President M Karunanidhi on Sunday announced that Paatali Makkal
Katchi (PMK) will be part of the party-led alliance for the
Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu in May and that he will hold
consultations with Congress top brass on seat-sharing
arrangement.

Arriving here on a three-day visit, Karunanidhi said
he will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress
President Sonia Gandhi tomorrow to discuss the seat-sharing
arrangement between the two parties.

"I am here for election (related) talks. I will be
meeting the Prime Minister, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and
discuss about the seat-sharing formula," he told reporters at
the Tamil Nadu House here.

The two parties had earlier this month reaffirmed
their commitment to continue their alliance for the assembly
polls too.

The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister said he would discuss
the number of seats to be contested by the Congress in the
Assembly elections, which are due in May.

"I will discuss with them the number of seats to be
contested by the two parties and also what are the seats?," he
said.

When asked whether the talks would be concluded
during his stay in Delhi, he said, "I cannot say that."

Karunanidhi said PMK led by S Ramadoss, which fought
the 2009 Lok Sabha elections along with the Opposition AIADMK,
will be part of the DMK-Congress combine during the assembly
polls.

"Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), PMK and Muslim
League will be part of the alliance," he said when asked
whether there will be any other parties in the alliance.

This is the first time that the DMK has come out in
the public to say that PMK will be part of its alliance though
there were talks between the two parties on the issue.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 19:38

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