S. Ganesan

Dissatisfied IUML plans to go it alone

  • Confusion prevails over the number of seats allotted to the Congress
  • DPI is expected to get one ward

    TIRUCHI: With just a day left for withdrawal of nominations, confusion prevailed within the Democratic Progressive Alliance over seat sharing among the allies for Tiruchi Corporation Council.

    While the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leaders initiated talks with the Dalit Panthers of India, the latest entrant to the DPA fold, the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has joined the list of dissatisfied allies and plans to go it alone.

    The IUML was allotted two wards in the 60-member Corporation Council as per the seat sharing arrangement officially announced by the DMK district Secretary K.N. Nehru on Tuesday. But the party was asked to part with one seat after the Pattali Makkal Katchi drove a hard bargain with the DMK to secure two wards.

    "We were merely informed of the change after the DMK allotted one of the wards given to us to the PMK," the urban district president of IUML, G.M. Hassim, said. Even for the other seat, the DMK leaders had nominated a candidate on IUML's behalf, he claimed.

    Feeling slighted, the IUML put up candidates in nine wards. One of the nominations was rejected, leaving eight party candidates in the fray.

    Though the DMK leaders are said to be in touch with the IUML leaders, Mr. Hassim said that they stood by their decision to go it alone as of now. "The city has a Muslim population of about one lakh and we have to be given adequate representation," he said. The IUML had initially sought a minimum of four seats.

    Meanwhile, confusion prevailed with regard to the number of seats allotted to the Congress, after the party Mayor, Mrs. Sarubala R.Tondaiman, filed her nomination for ward no.44, a seat allotted to the DMK. The DMK candidate for the ward, V. Uma Maheswari, is reported to be putting up a stiff resistance. The Congress, which was allotted 16 seats, has now fielded official candidates in 17 wards. DMK sources said that talks were under way to swap one of the seats with the Congress, in lieu of ward no.44. The DPI is likely to be allotted one ward.

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