DMK, Congress formalize poll pact

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Chennai: A day after breaking the deadlock, the DMK and the Congress Party on March 9 formalized their seat-sharing pact for the April 13 assembly polls, under which the  national party will contest 63 seats.

DMK chief M. Karunanidhi and Tamil Nadu Congress Committee 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 des-cribed 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 Party dead set on its demand, which had brought the seven-year-old alliance under serious strain.

The stalemate continued till on March 8 when DMK finally relented to Congress Party’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 side, would meet soon to finalize the constituencies they would contest from. “We  will take good decisions,”   

he said. : A day after breaking the deadlock, the DMK and the Congress Party on March 9 formalized their seat-sharing pact for the April 13 assembly polls, under which the  national party will contest 63 seats.

DMK chief M. Karunanidhi and Tamil Nadu Congress Committee 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 des-cribed 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 Party dead set on its demand, which had brought the seven-year-old alliance under serious strain.

The stalemate continued till on March 8 when DMK finally relented to Congress Party’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 side, would meet soon to finalize the constituencies they would contest from. “We  will take good decisions,”        he said.

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