DMK, Cong to share 2 RS seats each, 1 for CPI(M)

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Chennai, Mar 5 (UNI) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK President M Karunanidhi today announced that the DMK and its ally Congress, would contest two seats each and the CPI(M) one in the elections for six Rajya Sabha seats from the state Assembly and sought the support of the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK).

Amid reports that the PMK was upset over rejection of its claim for a seat, Mr Karunanidhi in a statement here made it clear that the five seats, the DMK and its allies could win, would be shared by the DMK (two), the Congress (two) and the CPI(M) (one).

Elections are to be held for six seats from the 234-member state Assembly to the Upper House, for which the filing of nominations begins on March 8 and the elections, if necessary, would be held on March 26.

Mr Karunanidhi said the PMK President G K Mani sent a letter, stating that the party be allotted one Rajya Sabha seat and wanted a reply before the DMK-led DPA meeting, which was scheduled for March 7 and later postponed.

Reacting to this, Mr Karunanidhi said the party was not in a position to allot a seat to the PMK and it had decided to retain two seats for it, while allotting two for the Congress and one for the CPI(M).

He appealed to the PMK, which had 18 legislators to extend its support for the allies to win the elecions.

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