Saturday, February 26, 2011

DMK-Congress failed to reach agreement

Chennai, Feb 25 : The ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu held second round of talks with the Congress here tonight, but failed to reach an agreement on sharing of seats for the coming assembly elections.

The DMK panel, led by Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin held talks with the five-member Congress panel, led by TNCC President K V Thankgabalu at DMK headquarters for more than an hour, but could not arrive at a conclusion on some aspects.

The talks began at 2030 hrs and went on till 2145 hrs but the deadlock continued as the Congress believed to be insisting on working out a common minimum programme and share in power, in the event of DMK led alliance winning the assembly elections.

An hour after the two panels resumed talks, DMK President and Chief Minister M Karunanidhi arrived at the party office, giving an indication that the two parties have reached an understanding and all set to strike the deal, but the leaders of the two parties dispersed to meet again and resume one more round of talks.

Emerging out from the meeting, Mr Thankgabalu told waiting newspersons that the two sides reiterated their respective stands and agreed to come back to the negotiation table after consulting their respective party highcommands.

Mr Karunanidhi, in a brief chat with newspersons, paried question when asked whether there was a deadlock in the talks.

''We have not said like this,'' he said when asked about reports that the two parties would reach an agreement after second round of talks.

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