Karunanidhi steering towards coalition government in TN?

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M Karunanidhi
Chennai, Apr 5: The election scene in Tamil Nadu seems to be hotting up with each passing day. With the DMK and AIADMK war-of-words coming to a war-like crescendo, both parties are turning nos tine unturned to grab the seat of power. With the DMK Chief, M Karunanidhi hinting that the upcoming Assembly elections scheduled to be held on Apr 13 is likely to be a coalition government as no single party will get a clear majority.

Speaking at a public meeting at a function in Ayanavaram, North Chennai on Monday, he quoted, “After the election, if we (the DMK and the Congress) win equal number of seats, we will share the responsibilities. If there is a shortfall in the numbers, we will fulfill people's needs through mutual understanding and meeting of hearts."

After the spat over seat sharing with the Congress at the centre and a dent in the image caused by the spectrum scam, the DMK wants to consolidate its position in Tamil Nadu politics with the coming elections. Speaking as part of election campaigning in the city, Karuna added, “The DMK-Congress alliance is people's alliance. Because of this we can get several central government welfare schemes sanctioned for the people." The function was attended by Union minister and senior Congress leader Gulam Nabi Azad, who is also in-charge of Congress' Tamil Nadu affairs.

The DMK chief while speaking in a function earlier attended by AICC chief Sonia Gandhi proclaimed in his usual crowd-pulling rhetoric that there are forces who were out to break the Congress-DMK alliance and reiterated that they will not succeed in their efforts.

Azad also lend support to DMK and said, "It is my dream that kalaignar should be chief minister for a sixth time." He also mentioned about the freebies doled out to the voters like colour televisions, rice, health insurance schemes etc...and said that no other state would provide such largesse to its people.

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