Congress faces heat in Tamil Nadu as DMK refuses to form alliance

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Chennai, March 7: As the actor-turned-politician Vijayakanth's DMDK confirmed and announced alliance in Tamil Nadu on Thursday, the Congress found itself 'cornered' and 'sidelined'.

According to a report, the DMK treasurer M K Stalin has said 'no' to the Union Finance minister P Chidambaram in connection with the alliance talks.

However, sources said that the DMK supremo M Karunanidhi still wants an alliance with Congress, but with Stalin's strong opposition, the alliance can not be ruled out.

Chidambaram, Union minister of shipping G K Vasan and senior party leader Ahmed Patel reportedly spoke to Stalin but he is not 'budging'.

Karunanidhi may push for Congress alliance and Stalin is most likely to oppose.

Now, the 'isolated' Congress may use CBI and ED (on 2G and hummer car import by
Stalin's son) as pressure tactics.

Some fireworks may be expected as today DMK has called for district secretaries meet for poll preparations.

Karunanidhi may push for Congress alliance and Stalin is most likely to oppose.

According to The Hindu report, the reasons behind Stalin's opposition for stiching an alliance with Congress are- Congress's stand on Sri Lankan Tamils issue and the release of seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

Stalin has also made it clear that his party is not in the favour of an alliance with the BJP.

Meanwhile, the BJP has struck a good deal by roping in MDMK, DMDK and PMK as its alliance.

State Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's ruling AIADMK has decided to go alone in the general elections as it scrapped its alliance with CPI and CPIM after seat-sharing talks could not be agreed upon.

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