Chennai, March 9 (IANS) The ruling DMK and the Congress signed a pact Wednesday for next month’s Tamil Nadu assembly elections, a day after the DMK agreed to let latter contest from 63 of the state’s 234 seats.
DMK president and Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, who had only last week called the Congress demand for 63 seats “unjustified”, signed the deal for his party. The Congress was represented by state chief K.V. Thangkabalu.
Speaking to reporters later, Thangkabalu said: “The Congress will be contesting in 63 seats. The choice of constituencies will be decided by the five-member committee of each party.”
According to informed sources, the Congress will put up candidates in the 48 seats it contested in 2006. The other seats will be decided after mutual discussions.
The run up to Wednesday’s agreement saw a dramatic turn of events.
On Saturday, a peeved DMK withdrew its six ministers from the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government and dumped the Congress in the state, ending a seven-year alliance.
But the DMK capitulated Tuesday after the Congress, which had propped up the Karunanidhi government since 2006, refused to budge from its claim for 63 seats.