Tuesday, March 15, 2011

AIADMK allots 22 seats to Left parties

Chennai, March 14 : The deadlock between Tamil Nadu's opposition AIADMK and the two left parties -- the Communist Party of India (CPI) and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) -- for the April 13 state assembly elections ended Monday, with the Left getting 22 seats.

With five days to go for filing of nominations, the CPI and the CPI-M agreed to accept the AIADMK’s offer.

CPI's state secretary D. Pandian met AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa Monday and finalised the seat-sharing pact.

Speaking to reporters later, Pandian said his party has been allotted 10 seats and the actual constituencies that have been allotted will be announced later.

CPI-M's state secretary G. Ramakrishnan also met Jayalalithaa Monday and after discussions, it was agreed the CPI-M would contest 12 seats.

Speaking to IANS, CPI-MP T.K. Rangarajan said: "It is not the issue of getting some seats more or some less. We go by our political agenda which is to defeat the DMK-led front."

He said the actual constituencies will be announced later.

With Monday's deals, AIADMK has finalised accords on 74 seats with ten parties. It has allotted 41 to DMDK, two each to the PT and the SMK, three to the MNMK and one each to the Republican Party of India, the All India Forward Bloc and the AIMMK.

It is yet to finalise a seat sharing pact with its long time ally MDMK, led by Vaiko.

The strength of the Tamil Nadu assembly is 234.

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