Tamil Nadu 2016

DMK concludes seat-sharing with Puthiya Thamizhagam, IUML

A file photo of IUML leader K.M. Khadern Mohideen (left) and Pthiya Thamizhagam founder K. Krishnasamy.  

The DMK and its allies, the Puthiya Tamizhagam (PT) and the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) on Friday concluded identification of the constituencies the two will contest in the May 16, 2016 Tamil Nadu Assembly polls.

The PT’s constituencies, all reserved, include Ottapidaram, represented by party founder-leader K. Krishnasamy in the outgoing Assembly, according to the pact reached between the two parties.

The DMK, leading the alliance, had on Thursday >allotted four seats to the PT.

As per the agreement signed by DMK president M. Karunanidhi and Dr. Krishnasamy, the other seats the PT would contest are Vasudevanallur, Srivilliputhur and Krishnarayapuram.

Presently, Vasudevanallur and Krishnarayapuram are held by the ruling AIADMK while the CPI represents Srivilliputhur.

An ally of AIADMK in the 2011 elections, the PT later switched sides and supported DMK leader Kanimozhi’s candidature in the 2013 Rajya Sabha elections.

DMK and another of its allies, the IUML, also identified the five constituencies the latter will contest.

IUML leader K.M. Khadern Mohideen said that he and Mr. Karunanidhi had signed an agreement in this regard following which his party will fight from Vaniyambadi, Kadayanallur, Poompuhar, Villupuram and Manapparai Assembly segments.

The DMK and Congress had on Thursday >identified the 41 seats the national party will contest in the 234-member Assembly.

The DMK had allotted 58 seats to its allies including five each to two Muslim parties, while keeping 176 constituencies for itself.

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