March 4, 2019
Chennai : The DMK on Monday firmed up seat sharing agreements with its alliance partners – CPI and VCK, giving them two seats each for the Lok Sabha general elections, due soon.
VCK leader Thol Thirmavalanan told media persons that which two seats his party would contest would be decided later after more discussions. He was yet to decide whether VCK will contest on its own symbol or on the DMK’s symbol of rising sun.
He claimed that the DMK led alliance, of which Congress is another important constituent, will win most of the 40 seats (including one in Puducherry) in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
CPI Tamil Nadu state secretary R Mutharasan said there were two rounds of talks for reaching an agreement. He made it clear that the CPI will fight the polls under its own banner.
The DMK is still in talks with MDMK, CPM, and DMDK as well.
DMDK will deliberate on which of the two Dravidian parties led coalitions he will choose. DMDK chief Captain Vijayakanth has convened a meeting of his top party officials on Tuesday to take a final call on which of the two coalitions he would join for polls. Even the AIADMK is wooing him.
The CPI meanwhile has announced that it will also support the DMK in the bye-elections to 21 assembly constituencies that could be held along with the Lok Sabha elections.