Cong-DMK talks inconclusive; to continue tomorrow

Two rounds of talks between DMK and Congress to identify constituencies where the two key UPA partners will contest in the April 13 Tamil Nadu assembly polls remained inconclusive.

Last Updated: Mar 10, 2011, 20:52 PM IST

Chennai: Two rounds of talks between DMK
and Congress to identify constituencies where the two key UPA
partners will contest in the April 13 Tamil Nadu assembly
polls remained inconclusive on Thursday.

"The talks were cordial and both sides were happy. It
will continue tomorrow also," TNCC chief K V Thangkabalu told
reporters after the second round of talks with the DMK
election panel.

Asked if the two parties will finalise the
constituencies tomorrow, he only said, "The talks will
continue tomorrow also."

After sealing the seat sharing deal, the DMK and
Congress today set in motion the process of identifying the
constituencies.

After a 45-minute meeting at the DMK party
headquarters here earlier today, Thangkabalu had expressed the
hope that identification of the constituencies would be
finalised by today.

The five-member Congress Election Panel Committee,
including Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and party
spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan, held the talks with DMK chief
and Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.

DMK and Congress on Tuesday finalised a seat sharing
agreement, under which Congress will contest 63 seats and DMK
in 121 in the state.

PTI