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.

DMDK launches poll parleys with AIADMK

Chennai: Actor-politician Vijayakant's DMDK on Thursday launched formal poll parleys with the Opposition AIADMK to "oust DMK from power".

Though backdoor negotiations were going on for some time, this is the first time that leaders of both parties met to initiate poll talks.
A team of senior DMDK leaders, including 'Panrutty' S Ramanchandran and Sutheesh met AIADMK's poll panel, comprising party MLAs, O Panneerselvam, S Jayaraman and K A Sengottiyan.

After the talks, DMDK presidium chairman Ramachandran told reporters that his party was committed to ousting DMK from power, the reason why the party had initiated poll talks with AIADMK for a possible alliance.

However, no decision had been arrived at yet on seat-sharing, he added.

Though Vijayakant has been consistently holding that his alliance was only with the people and no other political party, the DMDK, however, opted for tie up under pressure from party cadres.

Founded in 2005 by Vijayakant, DMDK made its debut in the next year's Assembly elections, with Vijayakant himself winning from the Viruddhachalam seat even as his party polled eight per cent popular votes.

However, the party's performance in the subsequent by-polls and 2009 Lok Sabha polls were below par even as it played spoilsport to AIADMK's prospects by splitting the votes.

Speculations of a possible tie-up between the two parties was going around for sometime before the two chose to make it offcial today.

Meanwhile, an AIADMK release said talks were held between the two parties "in order to ensure the DMDK's participation in the AIADMK-led alliance."

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.