DMDK calls for emergency meet; AIADMK remains hopeful of tie-up

While the AIADMK remains hopeful of a tie-up with the DMDK for the Lok Sabha election, the latter has convened an emergency meeting of senior office-bearers in Chennai on Tuesday. It will be presided over by party leader Vijayakant.

No agenda has been set for the meeting slated a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives to address a public rally on the Chennai outskirts on March 6, in which alliance party leaders will participate.

The BJP is keen that the AIADMK finalises electoral pacts with all parties, including the DMDK, before the public meeting.

On Sunday, senior AIADMK leader D. Jayakumar said that there need not be any doubt about a pact between the two.

‘Like oil and water’

“Things will get finalised in a good way,” he said. Revenue Minister R.B. Udhayakumar said the DMDK would never go with the DMK as the two parties were like ‘oil and water’.

DMDK sources said that negotiations with the AIADMK were never concluded and the party leadership continued to feel that it should be treated on a par with the PMK. The party realised that it was indeed sought after in this closely contested Lok Sabha elections after DMK president M. K. Stalin called on Mr. Vijayakant recently.

AIADMK sources said the party might be open to increasing its offer on Lok Sabha seats, but it is unlikely to meet the DMDK’s demand for a Rajya Sabha seat.

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