CM says more parties will join AIADMK alliance, Stalin interviews aspiring DMK candidates

Even as there is confusion prevailing about the AIADMK and DMK alliance, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today said more parties will join the alliance led by the party.

He also said the opposition parties are trying to create confusion and split in the AIADMK alliance.

Meanwhile ministers Rajenthra Balaji and Jayakumar came down heavily on DMDK treasurer Premalatha Vijayakant for her comments about the AIADMK.

Balaji said, “AIADMK is like a horse, anyone can ride it, but they cannot lift and go.”

Meanwhile, DMK president M K Stalin today conducted the interview for selection of candidates to contest in the 21 Assembly constituencies.

Also, the party’s seat-sharing committee started to hold talks on allotment of seats for alliance partner Congress for the 2019 general elections.

Though the Election Commission has not officially said that the bypolls will be held with the Lok Sabha elections, DMK started issuing the application forms from 1 March and 7 March was announced as the last date to file the application. Following the request of several district secretaries the last date was extended till yesterday.

Tamilnadu Congress president K S Alagiri, former TNCC president K V Thangkabalu and leader of the legislature party K R Ramaswamy, who form the committee to discuss the identification of seats for the Congress, were also holding talks at the DMK headquarters.

Stalin has already declared his support for Congress president Rahul Gandhi as the prime ministerial candidate of the grand alliance stitched together for the upcoming polls.

Addressing mediapersons after the talks, Alagiri said they have told DMK about the constituencies they want to contest.

“Another round of talks will be held again and the constituencies from which Congress will contest will be announced soon,” he said.