DMK-Congress alliance may still go on in TN polls

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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Manmohan Singh and M Karunanidhi
New Delhi, Mar 8: The alliance between Congress and DMK may still remain intact, as there are reports that both the parties have come down on their demands and are trying to work out a middle path to retain the seven-year old tie.

Newspapers have quoted sources as saying that while Congress has dropped demands of power-sharing after the elections, the DMK on the other hand has come down on the matter of seat allotments. So the Congress may eventually get to contest on 63 seats while DMK can go easy on ministry allotment if it comes to power.

The decisions, though have not been announced officially, but are still believed to hold true have come after days of high tension, increased rhetoric and a host of parleys. The DMK has withdrawn support from the Manmohan Singh government and also its minsters in the cabinet have also tendered their resignation to the Prime Minister.

In the meantime, UPA trouble-shooter Pranab Mukherjee had called on DMK patriarch Karuananidhi and tried to save the alliance.

What seems to have eased the tension between both the parties is the meeting between Congress Supremo Sonia Gandhi and DMK leaders MK Alagiri and Dayanidhi Maran on Monday, Mar 7.

According to sources, DMK will ket go of 12 of its constituencies and three of PMK's to accommodate Congress' demand for 15 extra seats apart from the 48 it had contested in 2006.

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