Chennai, March 8 (IANS) As the DMK and the Congress overcame differences to arrive at a seat-sharing agreement for the April 13 assembly polls, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK chief M. Karunanidhi Tuesday said his party has made a sacrifice in the alliance’s larger interests.
Addressing a function where around 3,000 cadres of DMDK joined his party, Karunanidhi said the party has accepted the Congress’ demand for the extra seats in the larger interests of the state and following the policy of give and take.
Terming it an “happy day” for them, he expressed confidence that the alliance partners would fight the polls with renewed vigour so as to win again.
After a three-day tense drama which saw the DMK announce breaking of its seven year presence in the United Progressive Alliance, the DMK Tuesday yielded and allowed the Congress to contest 63 of the 234 seats in the assembly elections, instead of the 60 it had originally offered.
Karunanidhi lauded alliance partners PMK and the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) for sacrificing one seat each for the Congress. The third seat will come out of the DMK’s share.
He also criticised a section of the media for trying to create a wedge between the two long-time allies.