The DMK and the Congress on Thursday identified the nine seats to be contested by the national party in the State in the April 18 Parliamentary election.
Curiously, the DMK has declined ally Congress’s request to contest in at least one seat in Chennai. DMK has retained all three Parliamentary constituencies, especially Chennai South, which was also on the Congress wish list. Even DMK insiders privy to the deal admitted that the allotment was lucrative and the Congress has every reason to be satisfied as almost all seats were winnable ones. Understandably, concerns were raised even in the DMK camp over the very candidates for whom the Congress had negotiated hard. Karur and Krishnagiri were good for DMK, but they have been gifted to the Congress which is expected to post ‘inexperienced’ candidates close to AICC leadership.
Alagiri told the media after the meeting that the DMK and Congress have successfully identified the winnable seats and it would be formally announced by the Dravidian major on Friday. Asked if they were satisfied with the choice of seats, Alagiri said, “Very satisfied.” The two parties were earlier expected to make the announcement on Thursday evening, but it was deferred to Friday when DMK would make public the allies seats.
The DMK has allotted Kanniyakumari, Sivagangai, Virudhunagar, Tiruvallur, Karur, Arani, Tiruchy, Theni and Dindigul or Mayiladuthurai to the Congress, a top level Congress source revealed to DTNext.