PMK Teams Up With DMK-Congress

DMK with PMKFinally, the suspense came to an end in Tamil Nadu regarding PMK alliance with DMK. Paataali Makkal Katchi’s (PMK) Founder and Chief kept it silent for the past number of months about their stand with Dravidian party’s alliance. Ending days of suspense, DMK President M. Karunanithi on Sunday announced that the Paatali Makkal Katchi (PMK) will be part of the party-led alliance for the Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu in May and that he will hold consultation with Congress top brass on seat-sharing arrangement.

Arriving here on a three-day visit, Karunanidhi said he would meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday to discuss the seat-sharing arrangement between the two parties. “I am here for election (related) talks. I will be meeting tthe Prime Minister, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and discuss about the seat-sharing formula,” he told reporters at the Tamil Nadu House in Delhi.

The two parties had earlier this month reaffirmed their commitment to continue their alliance for the assembly polls too.

When asked whether the talks would be concluded during his stay in Delhi, he said, “I cannot say that.”

Karunanidhi said PMK led by S. Ramadoss, which fought the 2009 Lok Sabha elections along with the Opposition AIADMK, will be part of the DMK-Congress combine during the assembly polls. “Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), PMK and Muslim League will be part of the alliance,” he said when asked whether there will be any other parties in the alliance.

This is the first time the DMK has come out in public to say tht the PMK will be part of its alliance though there were talks between the two parties on the issue. The PMK has been cosying up to the ruling party ever since it walked out of the AIADMK-led combine after the Lok Sabha polls. But, the DMK refused to entertain the PMK last year, denying a Rajya Sabha seat to former Health Minister A. Ramdoss.

The DMK General Council on February 3 will ratify the alliance with Congress and PMK.

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