Pact Sealed!

The TN Congress and DMK have identified the constituencies that the former is going to contest in the upcomming assembly elections. An agreement to this effect was signed by DMK president M. Karunanidhi and Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president M. Krishnaswamy at the DMK headquarters Anna Arivalayam. Speaking to reporters after signing the agreement, Congress Working Committee member in-charge of the Tamil Nadu unit M. Veerappa Moily said that the Congress was satisfied with the accord. Meanwhile, Mr. Karunanidhi told reporters that identification of seats for the Communist parties and the Indian Union Muslim League had also been completed. Both sides also promised to maintain secrecy about the agreement until constituencies for all parties are identified. Apart from Mr. Moily and Mr. Krishnasswamy, Union Ministers P. Chidambaram, G.K. Vasan and E.V.K.S. Elangovan and Congress Legislature Party leader S.R. Balasubramoniyan represented the Congress. On behalf of the DMK, Arcot N. Veerasamy, Durai Murugan, M.K. Stalin, and Veerapandi S. Arumugam, in addition to Union Ministers Dayanidhi Maran, A. Raja and Subbulakshmi Jegadeesan participated.

[Update] DMK chief Karunanidhi released the DPA constituencies list yesterday. Not many surprises in the list. The DMK will contest 11 out of 14 seats in Chennai leaving RK Nagar to Congress, Perambur (SC) to CPM and Saidapet to PMK. PMK was awarded most of its seats in its strong hold of the northern districts of Cuddalore, Vellore, Kancheepuram, and Villipuram. An important thing to note is that MK has awarded a good number of winnable seats to the left parties. So it looks like MK is bracing to form a minority government with outside support from the Left parties.


4 comments so far

  1. Vijay Krishna on

    A perusal of the list indicates that the DMK has retained a lot of seats in its bastions – Chennai and Tanjore. In Chennai, for example, the DMK is contesting almost all the seats, save Saidapet and RK Nagar.

  2. Eshwar S on

    I think CPM has been allocated Perambur. So DMK will contest 11 out of the 14 seats in Chennai. This was along expected lines. I think DMK will have to get as close as possible to the majority mark in order to avert a coalition government in the state. I think the DMK will prefer to have a majority / minority govt supported from the outside by either by the left parties or congress. I am not sure if MK trusts PMK entirely even though they are part of the same alliance.

  3. Karthikeyan Muthurajan on

    I hope DMK will in 140 to 170 seats in 2006 elections..So it may be a coalition government too.

  4. Vijay Krishna on

    @Karthik: Yes, the numbers are still very much in favour of the DMK combine winning.

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