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Updated: March 13, 2011 02:59 IST

Congress team fails to turn up at DMK headquarters for talks

G. Sathyamurthy
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Tami Nadu Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin. File photo
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Tami Nadu Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin. File photo

Even as the stalemate between the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the Congress on identification of 63 constituencies for the latter continued for the third day, the Viduthalai Chiruthaikal Katchi (VCK) has announced that an accord on identification has almost been reached with the DMK on its 10 seats.

Though Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president K.V. Thangkabalu had told reporters at the DMK headquarters Anna Arivalayam on Friday night that the talks would continue on Saturday morning, the Congress team did not turn up.

Interestingly, all its five members — Mr. Thangkabalu, Union Home Minister P. Chidamabaram, Union Shipping Minister G.K. Vasan, All India Congress Committee spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan and MLA K. Jayakumar — arrived at the Congress headquarters Sathyamurthy Bhavan around 9 a.m. Their discussions lasted more than 75 minutes.

At the same time, all the election committee members of the DMK, including Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin, were present at Anna Arivalayam.

When Mr. Thangkabalu was contacted in the afternoon, he said: “Talks are going on. We will meet the DMK team in the evening.”

In the afternoon, most of the Congress members did not turn up at Sathyamurthy Bhavan or the DMK headquarters, triggering rumours of an imminent breakdown of talks. In the evening too, the DMK committee members were present at their headquarters.

According to Congress sources, the list of seats offered by the DMK after four rounds of discussions on Thursday and Friday had been forwarded to the Congress high command. “We are yet to get the green signal from Delhi.” Besides, agreement on constituencies meant for the Youth Congress candidates, sought by Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, was also elusive.

DMK sources said that while an agreement had been reached on most of the constituencies, identification of some in Cuddalore and Villupuram districts continued to bedevil the talks. They pointed out that the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) had made it clear to Chief Minister and DMK president M. Karunanidhi that it would not be “any more generous,” having “sacrificed” one constituency for the sake of harmony in the alliance.

VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan, who arrived at Anna Arivalayam around 7 p.m., was closeted with the DMK panel for about half an hour. Around 8 p.m. he was invited to meet Mr. Karunanidhi.

Coming out of the DMK leader's chamber, Mr.Thirumavalavan announced: “Almost 90 per cent of the identification of the 10 constituencies for us is over. Only inking the accord is pending.”

Asked to name the constituencies, he said, “It will be announced by the alliance leader, Mr. Karunanidhi.”

Respected leader Dr.Kalaignar Karunanithi, I read all your writigns, Your writing impress many million people. You did a lot for tamilnadu during this last five years. People will not forget do not worry, go alone congress is not having base in tamilnadu. You choose DMK cadres you will will thumping majority without any party's help. You are highly respected across the country, don't bow to congress. Congress only have leaders but not real congress voters, are workers but DMK got workers and leaders who understand people's situation and their expectation. I wish DMK will will all the seats and will form next govt in tamilnadu do not worry about 2G spectrum. If every administration if you start enquiry all the ministry in Central govt will come out with such more than what 2G spectrum. People are with You. You will win.

from:  ilango.k
Posted on: Mar 13, 2011 at 21:35 IST

Things are not going as per the wishes of majority party workers and leaders of both the DMK and the Congress in the matter of seats sharing. Though, it appears there is an alliance between the DMK and the Congress, things are not moving in a satisfactory way .This would mean that still there is a chance of the alliance breaking up. Already, at the micro level, both the party workers have come to the conclusion 'let us be alone'. Even if the alliance continues there may not be total coordination. The Congress was allotted as per its demand 63 seats. In a sense, more than its due share of seats were allotted. It is reliably learnt that more than 75 % of its leader’s choices of constituencies were alos conceded. But then it seems the Congress still harps that it should have all its 'wish list' be approved. The attitude of the Congress only shows that there is still few heart burns between these two parties. Perhaps, someone must be dictating or expecting a total break down so that the Congress can free itself from the 2 G spectrum scam. It is unfortunate, that the DMK a party which talks more about the 'dignity', 'self respect' and 'party than Power' still bows down in front of the Congress high command. This only shows that the Party is more worried about the fall out of the 2 G spectrum than its own governance and the achievements. It is time for both the parties to call the spade a spade and plow their own terrain and harvest whatever they could from their base strengths.

from:  R. Bhakther Solomon
Posted on: Mar 13, 2011 at 12:10 IST

It will be Rahul Gandhi who will be responsible for the demise of congress in TN.Ever since Congress lost in 1967, Congress never developed the grass roots level organization and have been dependent on the DMK or the AIADMK cadres.If this simple truth is not clear to Rahul Gandhi I wonder what kind of leader he is. TN is not UP and some one should tell the emperor.

from:  Varun
Posted on: Mar 13, 2011 at 00:10 IST
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