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Updated: March 16, 2011 20:22 IST

Thangkabalu hints at DMK, Congress sharing power in State

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Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and TNCC president K. V. Thangkabalu after identifying constituencies of both the parties in Chennai on Tuesday. Deputy Chief Minister M.K.Stalin and Union Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran are in the picture. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan
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Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and TNCC president K. V. Thangkabalu after identifying constituencies of both the parties in Chennai on Tuesday. Deputy Chief Minister M.K.Stalin and Union Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran are in the picture. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan

Congress has retained its traditional seats where it has won

Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) president K.V. Thangkabalu indicated the possibility of “power sharing” between the two parties after the elections.

Talking to reporters at Sathyamurti Bhavan on Tuesday, he said the Congress–DMK combine has been winning since 2004 Lok Sabha elections and it would emerge victorious, with the support of allies, in this Assembly elections too.

“After the combine wins the elections, the DMK president and AICC president Sonia Gandhi will make a joint announcement. Spring will bloom for the Congress as per the expectations of the cadre,” he said, unwilling to disclose if the Congress has made power sharing a pre-condition for the alliance.

The Congress has been growing in the State. In 2004 Lok Sabha elections, the party contested in 10 seats. In 2009, it contested in 16, including Puducherry. The party contested in 48 constituencies in the 2006 Assembly elections. “The Congress has retained its traditional seats where it has won and contested repeatedly,” he said. The party's five-member poll panel was able to convince the DMK leadership to allot seats in all the districts, except in Dharmapuri and Theni, he said, promising leaders in those two districts better opportunities in the local body polls after the Assembly elections.

Aspirants could file nominations on Wednesday and Thursday for contesting in the 63 constituencies allocated to the party . The TNCC's election wing would scrutinise the applications before handing them over to the high command, he said admitting that the time was short and decisions have to be taken quick to allow candidates hit the campaign trail as early as possible.

Reluctant to talk about the impact of 2G spectrum scam, the Opposition's trump card in the campaign, Mr. Thangkabalu said the Congress-DMK combine would focus on the achievements of the Centre and State.

How many people make comments on internet including the above Ken and Ravi really go to the booth and caste their vote? We people talk so many things over internet on comments section. It is our freedom of speech.. And we should remember we are not representing even 10 peoples of our own constituency.Many people put up their own wishes here in the name of comments. Let us wait till May 13 and see what people have thought about the parties contesting this election.

from:  Thinakar
Posted on: Mar 17, 2011 at 02:54 IST

I fully agree with Mr. Ravi.K. My view is that both Congress and DMK are hand in glove in this 2-G scam. The PM kept mum in spite of big uproar about the scam. Knowing the PM's stature and taking his silence on the scam into consideration, logical conclusion to be arrived at is that he was under terrific pressure to keep quiet. Why? It was because of the involvement of someone higher up in the echelon. Who is that. Come to your own conclusion. Money power had played a big role in the Thirumangalam bye-election and it was made abundantly clear in your newspaper. Hoping that DMK will part with that unholy money, accrued through the scam this time also, Congress is speaking about winning the election.I am of the opinion that TN people have woken up from their slumber and are ready to give a fitting farewell to the alliance.

from:  Shyam. N. R.
Posted on: Mar 16, 2011 at 20:22 IST

Some of the comments made here are bereft of logic and borne out of fertile imaginations that Cong-DMK combine would come a cropper. As looked upon the past and present arithmetic coupled with political history/election results, the DMK+CONGRESS+VCK+PMK+ regional satraps would outweigh the numerical arithmetic of ADMK+DMDK+LEFT ALLIES in 120 odd assembly constituencies. Though the 2G scam eclipses DMK govt's performance in health sector and infrastructure enhancement plus a slew of welfare measures, their social platform of transforming Dalit votes plus other OBC votes stand them in good stead for atleast in half of the kitty. Even if they lose, the quantum of difference in seats (winning seats) between two combine would be tatalisingly minimal, which may shift the control from mainline parties to the capricious allies. DMK combine would fight it out as it did in the past and would prove the pollsters and critics both wrong.

from:  Tamilchelvan.R
Posted on: Mar 16, 2011 at 16:29 IST

Let Thangkabalu fight the assembly election from Salem his home town and win and then think about Congress joining ministry. It is going to be total wash out for Congress and DMK. Cong and DMK need not spend huge amount and lose the election. With today's development ( Mr Sadiq Basha's death) it is all over for DMK and Congress.

from:  Ravi V
Posted on: Mar 16, 2011 at 15:37 IST

Why is the TN congress party showing a blind-eye to the 2G scam and lootings by corrupt coalition parties? Why did they not choose to go on their own and contest the elections? Now the 2G scam looming large on their heads, the DMK and the coalition partners are going to be thrown out, by the newly invigorated and diligent people of TN. The TN congress and National congress party leaders are going to regret and lament.

from:  Ken Sundaram
Posted on: Mar 16, 2011 at 06:12 IST
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