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Cong offers package to DIC(K) for tie-up

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Thiruvananthapuram, Mar 23 (UNI) The Congress today offered a clear package to the Democratic Indira Congress (K) for a tie-up for the Assembly polls, a day after veteran leader K Karunakaran said he 'respects Soniaji as a member of the Nehru family.' 'The ball is now in the DIC(K)'s court,' Congress Working Committee member in charge of Kerala, Veerappa Moily, told newspersons here, before leaving for the official residence of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy for the final round of discussion.

Indian Union Muslim League general secretary P K Kunhalikutty, who is playing a major role to bring the DIC(K) into the United Democratic Front, held discussions with its president K Muraleedharan and conveyed to him the package offered by the Congress.

Though neither the Congress nor the DIC(K) disclosed the details, there were reports that the UDF would offer 17 seats to the DIC(K) in the 140-member House. The DIC(K) also wanted to retain its identity by contesting on the 'television' poll symbol allotted to it by the Election Commission.

In view of the uncertainty, today's UDF meeting could not give final shape to seat sharing agreements with coalition partners. The Congress however prepared its first list of candidates, which would be submitted to the AICC for screening, Congress sources said.

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