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Stalin to wait for DMDK’s decision
Seat sharing talks in the DMK-led alliance were unlikely to achieve breakthrough in the next couple of days. After holding preliminary negotiations with the Left parties, VCK and MDMK, the principal opposition party was understood to have put seat sharing decisions on hold, ostensibly, waiting for Vijayakant’s DMDK or the TMC to decide.
Though the chances of the two fence-sitting parties gravitating towards the rival AIADMK camp were high, a few optimists in the DMK camp were still hopeful that there was a likelihood of at least a party joining them. Stalin who has camped in Hosur on Saturday would be touring a few other districts for the next couple of days. “Even if talks happen between existing or potential allies and us, the deal could be clinched only when Stalin returns to the city, which would not be before Monday, unless a dramatic turnaround in alliance talks happens before Sunday evening,” said a party source requesting anonymity.
Party insiders, who did not mind admitting that Stalin’s visit to Vijayakant’s house was more than a courtesy call, however, said the existing situation does not permit them to accommodate a party like DMDK which has high expectations. The DMK insiders also remarked that there was a strategy behind the visit and the DMK leadership was also not too keen on getting Vijayakant on board, unless he settles for meagre two or three seats, which was only a remote possibility.
“Our leaders are playing the waiting game. The AIADMK has set Sunday as deadline to end the impasse with the DMDK. If the deadlock does not end by then, our leaders might make some sincere efforts to woo Vijayakant, and that too if he agrees to a two or three seat allocation,” the DMK leader said, adding that they would have to get back a seat or two from Congress in the event of accommodating the DMDK.