Chances of 3rd front recede as AIADMK holds talks with allies

Chances of a third front emerging for the April 13 Tamil Nadu Assembly polls appears to have receded today with AIADMK resuming dialogue with its miffed allies on identifying the constituencies to be contested.

Updated: Mar 18, 2011, 21:37 PM IST

Chennai: Chances of a third front emerging
for the April 13 Tamil Nadu Assembly polls appears to have
receded today with AIADMK resuming dialogue with its miffed
allies on identifying the constituencies to be contested.

An AIADMK team had discussions with leaders of CPI-M and
CPI, who had openly expressed their unhappiness over the lead
partner unilaterally announcing the constituencies for its
candidates, ignoring their wish-list.

C Mahendran, Deputy secretary of the CPI`s Tamil Nadu
unit, who participated in the talks, told PTI that it was
progressing well and expressed the hope that a settlement
would be reached tomorrow.

AIADMK leaders also had discussions with actor-politician
Vijayakant`s DMDK at an undisclosed place in the city.

AIADMK sources said the talks were in an advanced stage
and an agreement would be reached by tomorrow. AIADMK is
believed to have offered the Vaiko-led MDMK, another
constituent of the combine, not less than 12 seats.

The party`s district secretaries would discuss the offer
tomorrow at a meeting, before clinching the poll deal, MDMK
sources said.

"We hope to complete the entire exercise by tomorrow
afternoon as the talks are progressing in the right
direction," AIADMK sources said.

AIADMK`s unilateral announcement of its candidates for
160 seats on Monday night had caused heartburn among its
allies, which raised the possibilities of a third front.

Leaders of left parties and DMDK met twice yesterday to
evolve a common strategy and even discussed the pros and cons
of forming a third front, if the AIADMK did not mend its ways.

AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa, who was to have hit the
campaign trial from Madurai today, postponed it in a
damage-control mode, to keep the alliance intact.

PTI