DMDK joins AIADMK alliance, gets 4 seats

The ruling AIADMK on Sunday inked an electoral pact with DMDK led by actor-turned politician Vijayakanth, allotting four Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu, ending protracted negotiations.

An agreement was signed between the top leadership of the two parties in Chennai in the presence of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam and Vijayakanth and DMDK Treasurer and his wife Premalatha.

Speaking to reporters after the agreement was signed, Panneerselvam, who is also the coordinator of AIADMK said, “A good decision has been taken to contest the upcoming polls together.”

He also added that the DMDK will support the AIADMK candidates in the assembly bypolls which are also scheduled to be held on April 18. He was flanked by Chief Minister and Joint Coordinator of AIADMK Edappadi K Palaniswami, Vijayakanth, Treasurer of DMDK Premalatha Vijayakant and Deputy General Secretary LK Sudhish while he made the formal announcement of the alliance.

The deal was sealed after initial roadblocks over the number of seats. Last week, the DMDK had skipped Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally near Chennai, which was to mark the launch of the election campaign of the alliance.

The state’s main opposition party, the DMK, had claimed that the DMDK had approached it seeking a better deal.

Vijayakanth’s party, which has a presence in northern Tamil Nadu, had asked for seven seats and a berth in the Rajya Sabha – on par with the PMK, sources had said.