IUML claims credit for patching up DMK-Congress differences

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 13:31

Chennai: Indian Union Muslim League(IUML),
a constituent of the DMK-led alliance in the poll-bound Tamil
Nadu, on Wednesday claimed credit for patching up differences between
the ruling party and the Congress on seat-sharing deal, citing
its `generosity` by giving up a seat for the national party.

Stating that the Congress-DMK alliance had been on
`the verge of collapse` over seat sharing, IUML national
president E Ahamed said his party was approached by
well-wishers of both parties to `intervene` at a crucial
juncture.

"In consultations with my party colleagues in Tamil
Nadu, I tried my best to patch up the differences. With the
generosity of my colleagues in the state, I was able to do so
and overcome the impasse," he said in a statement from Delhi
last night.

Ahamed said his party had always tried to maintain the
unity and strengthen secular forces "in the best interest of
the nation."

After days of hard-bargaining, DMK gave away a seat
from its own quota and took one each from allies PMK and IUML,
which were earlier allotted 31 and three seats, to satisfy the
Congress, which had raised its demand for 63 seats.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 13:31

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