March 5, 2019
Chennai : The DMK has once again demonstrated its accommodative nature by giving two seats to CPM, to shore up its alliance to take on the ruling AIADMK-BJP-PMK and others combine.
As per the seat sharing agreement worked out today, the DMK agreed to allot two seats to the CPM as well. Already, the DMK has given 9 seats to Congress, two seats each to PMK and CPI and one seat each to IUML, IKJ and KDMK.
With this the DMK has nearly completed its seat sharing talks and is pressing on with its campaign for the general elections, likely to be announced later this week or early next week.
BJP leaders have criticized the DMK and its desperation in giving away seats as it was scared of the formidable alliance of BJP and AIADMK. Although the AIADMK is the larger party in the alliance, the BJP leaders leave no doubt as to who is calling the shots in TN politics as of now.
The big fight promises to be a gripping one after the alliances have firmed up. Earlier, it was seeming as of the opposition DMK would run away with the elections, but the eleventh-hour alliance between the AIADMK PMK and BJP injected strength to the ruling party in Tamil Nadu.
With its charismatic leader, Amma no more, and its association with the BJP the AIADMK was being seen a ceding ground to a resurgent DMK.
What is more interesting is that TN will have bye-elections to 21 assembly seats as well along with general elections to Lok Sabha. This makes the contest very keen and crucial as the outcome in the 21 assembly bye-elections has the power to change the complexion of the state assembly and could even lead to a change in government, if the DMK wins most of the assembly seats.