DMK, AIADMK struggling to finalise alliances

Only a few days may be left for filing nominations for the April 13 assembly polls but the political scene in Tamil Nadu remains fluid with the main contenders DMK and AIADMK still busy holding negotiations for forging alliances.

Updated: Mar 06, 2011, 17:50 PM IST

Chennai: Only a few days may be left for
filing nominations for the April 13 assembly polls but the
political scene in Tamil Nadu remains fluid with the main
contenders DMK and AIADMK still busy holding negotiations for
forging alliances.

Both the ruling DMK and opposition AIADMK had demanded
postponement of the poll date contending that the time was too
short for campaigning. Both of them wanted the elections
either in the last week of April or in the first week of May.
Barring the Congress, all parties wanted the elections to be
put off.
Piqued by the "unreasonable and unjustified" demands
of its national ally Congress, DMK yesterday declared that it
would withdraw its ministers from the UPA government and would
not buckle under "pressures" from the Congress.

However, Congress was hopeful of overcoming the
present crisis through backdoor manoeuvres.
The AIADMK front was been able to bring actor
Vijaykant`s DMDK in its camp but has to still sort out things
with its traditional ally MDMK and the Left parties.

The Left and MDMK were reported to be sulking over the
"poor" offer made by the AIADMK leadership.

Even the Puthiya Tamizhgam, with which the AIADMK had
reached a poll accord, had expressed displeasure on the
"meagre" allotment of two seats to it.

To a certain extent, AIADMK supremo Jayalalitha
appeared to be better off then DMK in managing to form a
rainbow alliance.

The BJP would be going it alone in the state, where it
has no foothold.

The filing of nominations will commence from March 19.

PTI