DMK, Congress formalise poll pact

A day after breaking the deadlock, DMK and Congress Wednesday formalised their seat-sharing pact for the April 13 Assembly polls, under which the national party will contest 63 seats.

Last Updated: Mar 09, 2011, 13:32 PM IST

Chennai: A day after breaking the deadlock,
DMK and Congress Wednesday formalised their seat-sharing pact for
the April 13 Assembly polls, under which the national party
will contest 63 seats.

DMK chief M Karunanidhi and TNCC president K V Thangkabalu
signed the agreement, hammered out after hard bargaining by
both sides for about a fortnight.

"Following discussions, it has been decided to share 63
seats with Congress," the copy of the agreement released to
the media said.

Later, Thangkabalu described the DMK-Congress combine as a
"winning alliance."

The seat-sharing talks had run into rough weather with DMK
refusing to allot 63 seats and Congress dead set on its
demand, which had brought the seven-year-old alliance under
serious strain.

The stalemate continued till Tuesday when DMK finally
relented to Congress`s demand for 63 seats.

DMK and Congress had contested the 2004 and 2009 Lok Sabha
polls from the same platform besides the 2006 Assembly
elections.

Thangkabalu also said that the election panels of the two
parties, comprising Union Ministers P Chidambaram and G K
Vasan and Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin on
either sides, would meet tomorrow to finalise the
constituencies they will contest from.

"We will take good decisions," he said.

PTI