Saturday, February 26, 2011

DMK signs seat sharing agreement with IUML, allots 3 seats

Chennai, Feb 26 : The ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu today signed seat sharing agreement with the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), allotting three seats to it for the coming Assembly elections.

After a round of talks with the DMK poll panel, headed by Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin, early this week, IUML state President K M Khader Mohideen signed an agreement with DMK President and Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.

As per the understanding, the IUML would contest the three seats on DMK's ''Rising Sun'' symbol, a release from DMK headquarters here said.

Expressing satisfaction with the allotment of three seats, Mr Mohideen said he was happy over the deal and the party would fight for the victory of DMK-led alliance in all the 234 seats.

''The IUML will fight for the victory of the DMK and the continuance of Kalaignar's welfare schemes,'' he said.

DMK poll panel members, M K Stalin, Arcot N Veerasamy, Duraimurugan, K Ponmudi and former Minister T R Baalu were present when the agreement was signed.

The DMK had already struck a deal with the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), allotting 31 seats.

The party had held two rounds of talks with its principal ally, the Congress, and one round of talks with Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) and was yet to finalise deals. The DMK is also holding talks with other minor allies.

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