Congress leader and in-charge for Tamil Nadu Ghulam Nabi Azad today sealed the seat-sharing deal for upcoming Legislative Assembly Elections. Congress will be contesting elections in Tamil Nadu under DMK-led alliance. Azad met the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President M. Karunanidhi and finalized the seat-sharing deal.
Ghulam Nabi Azad has played a very important role in convincing the DMK, so as to settle the deal quickly. He also said that the new government of Tamil Nadu will be formed under the leadership of Karunanidhi.
At the residence of Karunanidhi, Azad said, “I have seen that since the past few decades the AIADMK has never been able to get two consecutive terms. In Tamil Nadu, it is always one term for AIADMK and another term for the DMK. Now it is the turn of the DMK-led government and I am sure we will be able to form the government. We will work sincerely to ensure we are victorious.”
The Congress and DMK leaders went through several rounds of talks. the deal had to be sealed fast, as DMK also felt that the time was running out. One of their leader said, “We cannot keep talking. Our campaign has to begin. We need to release our manifesto. After finalizing the numbers, there is also the issue of identifying the seats.” Even the Congress leaders shared same view on this matter.
The DMK conceded 41 seats to the Congress, whereas in the last election, the Congress had contested for 63 seats in Tamil Nadu. The DMK was earlier a part of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, but later it left the alliance in the year 2013 as the members of the party were charged with a lot of allegations under 2G Scam.
Ghulam Nabi Azad had already hinted that Congress and DMK are forming an alliance and they would be contesting lesser number of seats this year. Congress is contesting 22 seats less this year, than what they had contested in the year 2011. The two revived the alliance on February 13, after which on March 25, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Karunanidhi held their first round of talks with regard to forming an alliance.
The Tamil Nadu Assembly consists of 234 members. The polling will be held on 16 May. After three days, votes will be counted.