DMK Chief MK Stalin on Monday alloted 2 Lok Sabha seats to each Communist Party of India (CPI) and VCK in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry for upcoming Lok Sabha Polls 2019. CPI state secretary R. Mutharasan and DMK President MK Stalin met on Monday signed the seat sharing agreement on two constituencies. While DMK president M K Stalin and VCK chief Thol Thirumavalavan signed a seat-sharing agreement at the DMK headquarters in the morning.
Chennai: CPI state secretary R. Mutharasan and DMK President MK Stalin signed the seat sharing agreement on two constituencies, ahead of Lok Sabha polls. pic.twitter.com/hu7beFF2Lz
— ANI (@ANI) March 4, 2019
DMK insiders claimed that Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) wanted to contest three Lok Sabha Seats in Puducherry and Tamil Nadu – Chidambaram, Tiruvallur or Villupuram – however, it has settled for two Parliamentary Constituencies.
CPI Leader Mutharsan after inking the deal said that the parties had come together to defeat the BJP at the Centre and the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu. “We are happy with the two seats allocated to us. We will work whole-heartedly for the victory of the DMK alliance in all 40 seats in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry,” he said.
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This comes days after KMDK joins DMK-Congress Alliance in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. While another ally Indian Union Muslim League have got one seat in the ‘mega’ Opposition Alliance.
With this, DMK-Congress will now have CPI, KMDK, VCK, IUML. The CPI(M) is also expected to join the mega Opposition Alliance. Congress had last month stitched an alliance with DMK to contest 9 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu and one seat in Puducherry. The CPI(M) and MDMK leaders are expected to meet the DMK leaders in the evening to finalise the seat-sharing agreement.
While the Ruling party in Tamil Nadu AIADMK had stitched alliance with Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP). The BJP will contest five seats in alliance with the AIADMK, PMK and other parties. As per the Alliance, BJP will back the ruling AIADMK in the 21 Assembly Seat by-polls. The alliance is for all the 39 seats in Tamil Nadu and one in Puducherry.
Tamil Nadu has total 39 Lok Sabha Seats while Puducherry has a single Lok Sabha seat. General Elections 2019 are due for April-May however official schedules for polls are yet to be released.