J. Balaji

Committee to discuss VCK issue at a meeting in Chennai

NEW DELHI: The Congress has expressed a wish that “secular” parties such as the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) and the DMDK should be in the DMK-led front in Tamil Nadu.

Congress general secretary in-charge of Tamil Nadu, Ghulam Nabi Azad, held discussions with the five-member party seat-sharing negotiation committee led by TNCC president K.V. Thangkabalu here on Tuesday.

Later, Mr. Thangkabalu told The Hindu that he was confident that the PMK would continue in the alliance and make an announcement in this regard after convening its general council and party executive committee meetings.

Though former Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran was also present at Mr. Azad’s residence, where the discussions were held, Mr. Thangkabalu said they did not have a joint meeting.

CLP leader in Tamil Nadu D. Sudarssanam said the five-member committee would discuss the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi issue vis-À-vis its pro-LTTE stand at a meeting in Chennai.

Besides sharing of seats and identification of constituencies, poll strategies were reportedly discussed at Tuesday’s meeting. Union Ministers P. Chidambaram, E.V.K.S. Elangovan and G.K. Vasan, who too are members of the committee, participated in the two-and-a-half-hour meeting.