Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad finalised the deal with DMK supremo and former Tamil Nadu chief minister Karunanidhi and officially announced an alliance between the two parties for the Assembly elections due in a few months.
Speaking to reporters after meeting Karunanidihi at Gopalapuram, Azad described the alliance as a "formidable" one and said the DMK has always been the Congress's "most dependanble" partner.
He said the goal of the alliance is to form a government in Tamil Nadu under Karunanidhi's leadership, adding that more allies will be joining them. [Why everybody wants DMDK in TN Assembly polls 2016]
DMK leaders Stalin also confirmed the news, although he added that they were yet to finalise the distribution of seats. He, however, did not reply as to why the DMK chose to form an alliance with the Congress despite the differences in the Eelam issue. The DMK had pulled out of the previous Congress-led UPA government at the Centre in 2013 over the Sri Lankan question.
Stalin also said that his party has also invited the DMK led by Vijaykanth to join the alliance.