TN Polls : Karunanidhi Allots 41 Seats to Congress

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Chennai : Finishing electoral negotiations spread over weeks, DMK Monday allotted its partner Congress 41 seats for the May 16 Assembly assembly polls.

The meeting to identify the constituencies each of them would contest will start later Monday.

“We have signed (an agreement) that allots 41 seats to Congress,” senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters here after inking the deal with DMK chief M Karunanidhi.

Jointly addressing reporters along with his colleague Mukul Wasnkik, TNCC chief EVKS Elangoan and DMK leaders led by party treasurer M K Stalin, Azad said they would work to emerge victorious.

The agreement comes against the background of intense bilateral discussions between the DMK and Congress. Also, TNCC held a series of discussions with its state and central leadership. Recently, Elangovan held talks with party Vice President Rahul Gandhi as well over the issue.

It was decided by Tamil Nadu Congress to push for at least 45 seats and in a worst case scenario climb down a few seats and conclude the deal and it has worked out as was expected.