AIADMK signs deal with one more partner, DMK-Cong try to woo DMDK

After allocating 7 seats to the PMK and 5 to the BJP, the ruling AIADMK moved further on the alliance front on Thursday by allocating Puducherry Lok Sabha constituency to All India NR Congress, led by former Chief Minister of the Union Territory, N Rangasamy.

With this, the AIADMK has allocated 13 seats, out of 40 in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, and is now left with 27 seats. AIADMK announced the electoral arrangement after Rangasamy met Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and sought Puducherry seat.

With the Congress getting Puducherry in the DMK alliance, the seat will witness a direct fight between rivals. In the direct contest in 2014, NR Congress leader R Radhakrishnan had trounced Congress’ V Narayanasamy, the incumbent chief minister, with support from the BJP.

During the 2011 Assembly polls in Puducherry, the two parties had an electoral understanding. At that time, the AINRC won 15 of the 17 seats it contested, while the AIADMK bagged five of the 10 seats where it fielded its nominees.

Meanwhile, the AIADMK is continuing talks with Vijayakanth-led DMDK to bring the party to the alliance fold. In the meantime, in what is seen as a move to woo the DMDK, former TNCC president S Thirunavukkarasar called on DMDK chief Vijayakanth in Chennai to inquire about his health.

“Vijayakant is the leader of a political party and I am a politician. If I say that we did not discuss politics, it would be a lie. I told him to take a right decision keeping in mind the state of affairs in the last four and half years,” Thirunavukkarasar said.