Chennai: The seat-sharing announcement by Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and Congress were made on Monday, stating that, in the upcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, the Congress will contest from 41 assembly seats. The Polls will be on May 16.
On a Monday morning, in the presence of senior Congress leaders Mukul Wasnik, Ghulam Nabi Azad, DMK Treasurer – M K Stalin and DMK party MP Kanimozhi, the DMK President M Karunanidhi and TNCC President E V K S Elangovan signed the seat-sharing deal at the former’s Gopalapuram residence.
However, the constituencies will be finalised later in a week, when further discussions will happen between the two leaders of the parties.
Mr Azad played a vital role in persuading the Congress national leadership to settle the negotiations quickly. He had also met party vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday.
In an interview, Mr Azad said that under the direction of Karunanidhi, they will be able to form the government in Tamil Nadu.
After contesting jointly for the 2004 Lok Sabha surveys, DMK had left the Congress-drove UPA in 2013 over the much disappointing Sri Lankan Tamils issue. However, on February 13, the two restored the cooperation, when Azad, the senior leader of Tamil Nadu Congress Committee(TNCC), holding the first round of seat-sharing talks with Karunanidhi on March 25, 2016, in Chennai.
DMK treasurer MK Stalin was confident that under this course of action, the alliance will defeat the J Jayalalithaa-drove AIADMK.
Tamil Nadu will vote in a single stage on May 16 while the results will be reported on May 19.
In the 2011 TN assembly elections, out of the 234 seats, AIADMK had won 150, DMDK-29, DMK-23, CPM-10, CPI-9 and others-13 seats respectively.
It is notable that the DMK had already announced five seats each for MMK and IUML, other parties in the alliance.