Chennai: congress and DMK alliance will contest the upcoming Assembly election in Tamil Nadu. Senior Congress leader and Leader in Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad announced on Saturday abuot this decision.
Azad, after meeting the DMK chief Karunanidhi at his residence in Chennai, announced the news to reporters, “DMK and Congress will fight Tamil Nadu assembly elections in alliance. Our mail goal is to put in place a government led by the DMK.”
When asked about the party’s strategy on seat sharing, the senior Congress leader said that further discussion will take place with DMK leaders on the issue. He said that the election would be fought under the DMK leadership and put on Karunanidhi’s party the responsibility of roping in more constituents into this alliance, including DMDK.
As to what had changed between 2016 and 2013 when DMK snapped ties accusing the Congress of betraying Sri Lankan Tamils, Azad said that there were “compulsions and pressures” in politics and that the two parties had won elections together in the past also.
The DMK-Congress split had also come against the backdrop of the arrests of former Union Minister A Raja and Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi, a Rajya Sabha MP, in the alleged spectrum allocation scam.
Congress had contested the last Lok Sabha elections on its own and had drawn a blank. It had contested the last Assembly elections along with DMK but secured just five seats. Assembly strength in the state is 234.
Congress is out of power in the key southern state for nearly five decades and has generally been aligning with either of the Dravidian party- DMK or AIADMK. It has contested alone too but without much success.
A Congress delegation led by Azad on Saturday met DMK chief Karunanidhi at his residence in Chennai after which it was decided that the two former allies will join hands once again for the Assembly polls, to be held in April-May this year.