DMK-Cong seat-sharing talks hits road block

Chennai, Feb 25 (PTI) The seat-sharing talks betweenCongress and ruling DMK for the coming Tamil Nadu Assemblypolls appears to have hit a road block with Congress leadersleaving the meeting in a huff.

At the end of nearly 45-minutes meeting at DMKheadquarters Anna Arivalayam here, Congress leaders Union HomeMinister P Chidambaram and spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajanleft without talking to the waiting media.

DMK chief and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi hadarrived at Anna Arivalayam even as the seat sharing talks wereon.

TNCC president K V Thankgabalu maintained that both sideshave apprised each other of their stand which will be nowtaken to respective high commands.

The Congress has reportedly made a demand for powersharing in the event of the alliance winning the polls besidesdemanding over 80 seats about which the DMK is learned bedisinclined.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Thangkbalu saidthat talks will continue.

"Both sides have apprised their stands to each other.

This will be conveyed to the high command of the respectiveparties and the next round of talks will be held," he saidwithout mentioning a date and declining to divulge furtherdetails.

The first round of the seat sharing talks between theparties was held on February 20. .

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