DMK-Cong talks

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Chennai, Feb 25 (PTI) Amid tough bargaining, seat-sharingtalks between ruling DMK and Congress for the coming TamilNadu assembly polls remained inconclusive at the end of thesecond round of discussions today between the two partieshere.

After a nearly 45-minute meeting at the DMK headquartersAnna Arivalayam, Congress leaders Union Home Minister PChidambaram and spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan emerged fromthe talks and left the venue without talking to the waitingmedia.

Speaking to reporters after the Congress delegation hadleft, DMK partiarch and Chief Minister M Karunanidhi deniedsuggestions that the talks had hit a road block.

"We have progressed to the third round," Karunanidhi said.

Asked how many seats Congress has demanded, he shot backsarcastically "all the 234" and laughed.

"It is your imagination", Karunanidhi snapped back whenasked if Congress had pressed for power-sharing in the eventof the DMK-Congress alliance returning to power.

To a query if DMK had made any fresh proposals, he said"it is a secret."

Briefing reporters, TNCC president K V Thankgabalumaintained that both sides have apprised each other of theirstand which will be now taken to respective high commands.

Congress has reportedly made a demand for over 80 seatsand power-sharing, about which DMK is reported to bedisinclined.

"Both sides have apprised their stands to each other. Thiswill be conveyed to the high command of the respective partiesand the next round of talks will be held", he said withoutmentioning a date and declining to divulge further details.

However, Karunanidhi said the talks could be held in twodays.

The first round of seat-sharing talks between the twoparties was held on February 20, which Thangkabalu haddescribed as ''''cordial.'''' However, he made a matter-of-factstatement about today''s talks and declined to take anyquestions on the outcome.

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