Expressing unhappiness over allocation of two Assembly seats, Puthiya Tamizhagam leader K. Krishnasamy has requested AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa to allot at least nine seats to his party.
Talking to reporters after the district secretaries' meeting of the party, Dr. Krishnasamy the said the poor allocation had dashed the spirit of office-bearers and would reflect during election work.
He said the party needed at least nine seats to get the recognition of the Election Commission and galvanise cadres.
Asked why he accepted two seats in the first place, Dr. Krishnasamy said that he did not want to react negatively at that time since the PT was the first to sign an agreement with the AIADMK.
“Moreover Ms. Jayalalithaa said more parties, including the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), will join the alliance and she needed seats for those parties. Since the PMK has joined the DMK alliance she can consider our case,” he said.
Dr. Krishnasamy said he had also written to Ms Jayalalithaa seeking more seats. The PT had submitted a list of 24 constituencies to the AIADMK leadership.
He said that a 15-member committee had been constituted to hold talks with the seat-sharing committee of the AIADMK. He also has decided to meet Ms Jayalalithaa to request more seats.
Asked what would be his stand if she refused to allot more seats, he said, “I hope she will consider our reasonable demand.”
CPI (M) begins talks
Earlier in the day, the three-member team of the CPI (M) led by state secretary G. Ramakrishnan held talks with AIADMK leaders at the party headquarters.
“The talks are progressing well and we will be in a position to finalise the seats,” Mr. Ramakrishnan said. Party MP T.K. Rangarajan and State secretariat member K. Balakrishnan were present.
Sources said AIADMK may not be in a position to finalise seat-sharing with the Left parties till an agreement is reached with the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) led by actor Vijayakant. Though the talks between the two parties showed some improvement on February 17, no breakthrough could be achieved.