AIADMK gives one seat to PT, IJK offers support to DMK

The ruling AIADMK has announced its poll pact with Dr K Krishnaswamy’s Puthiya Tamilagam party for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The former has allotted one seat to the latter.

Deputy Chief Minister and AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam, who signed the deal with Krishnaswamy, said, “According to the agreement entered into today, it has been decided that Puthiya Tamilagam would be provided with one Lok Sabha seat under the AIADMK-led alliance.

In 2019’s bye-polls for the 21 vacant legislative assembly constituencies in the state, it has been decided that Puthiya Tamilagam would lend its full support to candidates of the AIADMK.”

Krishnasamy visited AIADMK headquarters and signed the seat-sharing agreement with Panneerselvam and other senior functionaries. Krishnasamy clarified that his party would contest on its own symbol.

Meanwhile, Indiya Jananayaka Katchi (IJK) founder Parivendhar arrived at the DMK headquarters, Anna Arivalayam, to join the alliance headed by the Dravidian major.

Parivendhar’s IJK, which was expected to get a seat in the AIADMK camp, extended support to the DMK. The party’s leaders called on DMK president M K Stalin at Anna Arivalayam and offered shawls.

Speaking to mediapersons, Parivendhar said Tamilnadu needs a change and only Stalin can bring it. He added: “In the present situation, Stalin alone can bring in a good change in Tamil Nadu. We have expressed our support to the DMK-led alliance but did not demand any seat. If the seat-sharing committee of the DMK calls for a talk, we will engage ourselves.”