Parties await court decision on civic polls

The meeting between the Congress and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) over finalising a seat-sharing pact for the local body elections in Puducherry has been postponed to an undisclosed date.

The two parties, which completed their first round of negotiation, were expected to meet again for the second round of discussion at the DMK office here on Wednesday. However, the meeting was cancelled at the last minute.

Political circles said that the decision to postpone the meeting was taken following information that the Madras High Court, which is expected to pronounce its final verdict over the conduct of local body elections on Wednesday, would come out with its final decision only on Thursday.

M.A.S. Subramanian, organiser, DMK, Puducherry, told The Hindu that the need for conducting the next meeting would depend upon the outcome of the Madras High Court. If the verdict was in favour of the elections, the next round of negotiation would be conducted immediately.

The DMK was of the view that elections should not be postponed. It should be conducted as per the original schedule. Whatever might be the decision of the court, the DMK had geared up to meet the elections. On the progress of talks between two parties, Mr. Subramanian said it was going on smoothly. There were some points of contention. They would possibly be sorted out at the next meeting.

Echoing the same sentiment, A.V. Subramanian, president of the Pradesh Congress Committee, said the Congress was eagerly waiting for the outcome of the verdict.