Tamil Nadu polls 2016 : Congress – DMK seal pact, Congress to contest in 41 seats
After days of hectic deliberations between the Congress and the DMK both parties have finally agreed to contest the Tamil Nadu polls 2016 together. According to the deal the Congress Party would be contesting on 41 seats in coming Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu.
“Congress will be contesting on 41 seats in the upcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly polls. I am sure that under the leadership of Karunanidhi ji, we will be able to form the government in Tamil Nadu,” senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told the media .
The decision came after senior Congress leader Ghulam nabi Azad met Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M. Karunanidhi today for seat-sharing.
After joining hands for 2004 Lok Sabha polls, DMK had walked out of the alliance with Congress-led UPA in 2013 over the vexed Sri Lankan Tamils issue. The DMK had then accused the then UPA government in Centre of not handling the Sri Lankan Tamils issue properly.
A Congress delegation led by Azad on February 13 this year met DMK chief Karunanidhi at his residence in Chennai after which it was decided that the two former allies will join hands once again for the Assembly polls, to be held in April-May this year.
Tamil Nadu will vote in a single phase on May 16 while the results will be announced on May 19.
Tamil Nadu has 234 assembly seats. In the 2011 assembly elections, AIADMK had won 150, DMDK-29, DMK-23, CPM-10, CPI-9 and others-13 seats respectively.