Chennai: The much-awaited candidates` list of
the ruling DMK, scheduled to be released on Wednesday, has been
postponed by a day in the wake of continuing talks with some
parties over identification of seats for the April 13 Assembly
"Since talks with some parties are yet to be completed, the
candidates` list will be released on March 17 (Thursday)," the
DMK said in its party`s mouthpiece, `Murasoli`.
While DMK successfully managed to clinch its poll pact with
key ally Congress and others -- PMK, VCK and IUML, on Tuesday,
it could still not finalise its deal with parties, including
Kongunadu Munnetra Kazhagam, allotted seven seats, and
Moovendar Munnetra Kazhagam.
After much haggling, DMK managed to clinch its deal with
Congress, allotting 63 seats overall and five in Chennai, a
metro considered the stronghold of the Dravidian party.
The party in fact had to part with Harbour seat in Chennai,
presently represented by DMK general secretary K Anbazhagan,
giving it away to IUML.
Trouble was brewing in IUML with a section of leaders and
party workers protesting against the downsizing of their
seats from three to two.
The DMK, besides parting with one from its own quota, had
also taken away one seat each from PMK and IUML to accommodate
Congress` demand for 63 seats, an issue that resulted in a
stalemate in the alliance as the national party stood firm on
its demand for the number of seats.