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Stalemate in seat sharing talks between Cong and DMK

Talks between the ruling Congress and ally DMK on seat sharing for the April 13 assembly polls did not make any headway and the parties will meet again Tuesday for further discussions, Congress sources said.



Puducherry: Talks between the ruling Congress
and ally DMK on seat sharing for the April 13 assembly polls did not make any headway and the parties will meet again Tuesday for further discussions, Congress sources said.

The discussions held here yesterday did not bear fruit and
both parties would meet again here tomorrow for further
discussions, they said.

The sources said Union Minister of State for Parliamentary
Affairs V Narayanasamy who was part of the Congress committee
which held discussions, had left for Delhi to apprise the
high command of what transpired.

Though top leaders of the two parties have held two rounds
of meetings since Saturday to arrive at a consensus on the
number of seats their parties should get, the talks proved
infructuous.

Once the number is decided, these parties would then go in
for identification of segments in the next phase.

Congress contested 16 seats in the 2006 Assembly polls and
DMK 11 seats.
Congress bagged 10 of the 16 seats it contested in the last
polls. Its strength in the 30 member Assembly increased to 13
in 2009 when the three member Puducherry Munnetra Congress (a
splinter group of Congress then) merged with Congress a few
months after the Lok Sabha poll.

However the strength came down to 11 after former Chief
Minister N Rangasamy and close confidante P Angalane quit
Congress and also the MLA posts on January 20 this year.
Rangasamy then floated his outfit All India NR Congress
(AINRC) marking the split in the party.

He also met AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa at Chennai on March
12.

PTI

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