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Updated: February 22, 2011 01:20 IST

Congress demand made with high command's blessings

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On Sunday, the five-member committee of the Congress conveyed the party's aspiration for power sharing with the DMK. In this file picture, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and DMK president M. Karunanidhi are seen at a public meeting in Chennai.
The Hindu On Sunday, the five-member committee of the Congress conveyed the party's aspiration for power sharing with the DMK. In this file picture, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and DMK president M. Karunanidhi are seen at a public meeting in Chennai.

Seeks more than one third of seats

The Congress' demand for a share in power, which reflected the wish of the rank and file of the party, was made with the blessings of the party high command, according to informed sources.

For the last two-three years, party workers were concerned that Congress leaders had not conveyed to the DMK leadership their aspiration for power sharing. On Sunday, the five-member committee of the Congress — Union Ministers P. Chidambaram and G.K. Vasan, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee K.V. Thangkabalu, All India Congress Committee spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan and AICC secretary K. Jayakumar — conveyed this in clear terms to the DMK.

Other demands

The other demands of the party including the formation of a coordination committee and a common minimum programme would add to the winnability of the DMK-led alliance, the sources said.

Indicating that the party wanted more than one-third of the total seats to be allotted, the sources said the DMK committee comprising Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin, Ministers Arcot N. Veeraswami, Durai Murugan and K. Ponmudy and parliamentary party leader T.R. Baalu gave the Congress leaders a patient hearing.

As the DMK panel's brief is limited to the finalisation of number of seats and identification of constituencies, the party leaders are of the view that the issue of power sharing involves a policy matter, which can be decided by the DMK president and Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi.

The next round of talks hinges on the DMK's response. “The ball is now in their court.”

It is also learnt that the Congress has expressed its surprise over the manner in which the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) was able to clinch a deal with the DMK. Though it recognises the PMK as a valuable addition to the alliance, the party's argument is that the Congress, being the second largest constituent of the DMK-led front, should have been given precedence while finalising seat-sharing.

DMK leaders say the party had to conclude the agreement with the PMK quickly as that party was also in touch with the AIADMK.

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Kalaigner M Karunanidhi will be the next Chief Minister of Tamilnadu again i.e. 6th term with majority and no one can topple him. AIADMK should be uprooted from Tamilnadu. Because this is Dravida Nadu not Aryan Nadu.

from:  P E Victor
Posted on: Feb 26, 2011 at 10:20 IST

Time for change. This is the time for the Congress to demand at least 70 seats. If not go over to the other side and get 60 seats. Ofcourse all DMK union ministers would have to be dropped. JJ will give the support of her 9 MPs without any demand for cabinet berths. That is the correct strategy. The government has consented to the JPC. Kalignar TV is implicated in the spectrum scam. The anti-incumbency factor is running high in Tamil Nadu. More berths can be allotted to the Congress in the centre. JJ will strike a deal with Captain , Vijayakanth. If M.Karunanidhi decides on retirement the feud within the party which is already simmering under the surface is likley to erupt. Talk only about spectrum in all electoral meetings. Time for madame JJ and Madame Sonia to come together. They should play the cards right.

from:  Venkatesh
Posted on: Feb 23, 2011 at 13:12 IST

It is no more the talks of seat sharing for political victories... Everything is at stake now. People have let the Government interfere in their life too much... So that is why it is a battle for POWER SHARING. Well the duty of any government is to protect persoanl liberty and freedom for the people. Especially individual rights. But nothing of that sort is happening... One insensible minister is talking about passing laws to curb food wastage at the marriage functions. On the other hand the minister responsible for AGRICULTURE is busy regulating cricket revenues and does not accept responsibilities for sudden price rises in the food grains or ONIONS. If Tamil Nadu and India are facing a food shortage it is a very dangerous thing to ignore our farmers and watch them being bullied by international seed and fertilizer companies. The country should wake up.

from:  Manigandan
Posted on: Feb 23, 2011 at 01:24 IST

Congress is no match for Mr.Karunanidhi. He has done a deal with PMK to preempt congress from asking more seats.He will allot 10 seats to VCK and Congress may have to settle for 50 seats. Congress must be careful and insist on power sharing even if DMK gets majority indieendently.But this will never happen as Mr.MK will bypas TNCC and clinch a deal with Mrs.Sonia Gandhi.

from:  Rajan.R.P.
Posted on: Feb 22, 2011 at 07:32 IST

The TN Congress party not having any aspiration for power sharing and being given a second level in the seat sharing talks should have demanded that the PMK party, an opportunist party switching allegiance every election time be not taken into the coalition at all. I am sure with 2G scam looming large on the backs of DMK and Congress and now this PMK in their fold , this coalition is doomed and set for failure. The opposite side with the hopeless and no good coalition parties would get the Assembly. The TN people hope and dream for a better Tamil Nadu. Will it happen? I wonder.

from:  Ken Sundaram
Posted on: Feb 22, 2011 at 06:10 IST
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