AIADMK concludes seat sharing arrangements with Left parties, other minor allies

PTI Chennai | Updated on March 19, 2011 Published on March 19, 2011

Seeking to mollify allies miffed over its “unilateral” announcement of candidates for 160 constituencies, the AIADMK has concluded seat sharing arrangements with the Left parties and other minor allies for the April 13 Assembly polls.

AIADMK is also continuing talks with DMDK even as the process of filing of nominations for 234 seats begins today.

The hectic political activity in the AIADMK camp continued till the wee hours, at the end of which the Jayalalithaa-led party managed to sign agreements with the CPI-M, CPI and other parties, barring the DMDK and MDMK.

The seat-sharing accord with the CPI-M was reached at 5.00 a.m. today, under which the party, which had been allotted 12 seats, would retain most of its sitting constituencies. CPI also signed the accord around 1.30 a.m.

With this, the dissatisfaction that surfaced in the wake of AIADMK’s ‘unilateral’ announcement of candidates for 160 constituencies seems to have dissipated.

Talks to identify seats for DMDK, second largest partner of the alliance, which would contest 41 seats remained inconclusive and is expected to be concluded today.

The AIADMK has also opened talks with the MDMK leader Mr Vaiko, but the number of seats offered is unknown.

Allocation for small allies such as Manitha Neya Makkal Katchi (3 seats), actor Sarathkumar’s All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi (2), All India Forward Bloc, All India Mooventhar Munnetra Kazhagam, RPI and Tamil Nadu Ilaignar Kongu Peravai (all one each) were finalised late last night.

After talks with the AIADMK chief, Ms J. Jayalalithaa, DMDK leaders, Mr Panrutty S. Ramachandran and Mr L. Sudeesh, told reporters that the talks were “cordial” and would continue.

Meanwhile, the MDMK is scheduled to go ahead with the emergency meeting of its top policy making body, as the Vaiko-led party was the worst-hit among the allies by AIADMK’s ’unilateral’ announcement of candidates for 160 seats.

MDMK sources said Mr Vaiko would take a call after today’s meeting, amid a feeling of disappointment among party supporters due to the alleged ill-treatment of Ms Jayalalithaa’s most loyal ally, after they joined hands in 2006.

AIADMK sources said the personal intervention of Ms Jayalalithaa had saved the alliance from collapse and expressed the hope that all the constituents would be happy with the outcome of talks.

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Published on March 19, 2011
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