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Lok Sabha polls 2019: VCK, CPI get two seats each in DMK-led alliance

Thol. Thirumavalavan  

The Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) and the Communist Part of India (CPI) reached a seat-sharing agreement with the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Monday as per which the parties have been allowed two Lok Sabha seats each for the upcoming Parliamentary elections.

VCK leader Thol. Thirumavalavan visited the DMK headquarters Anna Arivalayam in Chennai and signed the agreement with DMK president M.K. Stalin. The CPI delegation was represented by senior leaders including party state secretary R. Mutharasan.

The CPI(M) and MDMK leaders are expected to meet the DMK leaders in the evening to finalise the seat-sharing agreement.

While expressing happiness with the allocation of two seats, Mr. Thirumavalavan said his party had not taken any decision on the DMK’s “request to contest on its ‘Rising Sun’ symbol.”

CPI and DMK leaders finalise seat-sharing arrangement at Anna Arivalayam in Chennai on Monday.

CPI and DMK leaders finalise seat-sharing arrangement at Anna Arivalayam in Chennai on Monday.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement


“The DMK leaders suggested the idea. But we have to take a legal opinion before taking a decision since we are registered political party,” he told The Hindu.

Mr. Thirumavalavan also dismissed as “baseless” reports that he wanted to join the alliance headed by Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) headed by TTV. Dhinakaran.

“Of course, we were upset because we were initially offered only a single seat. I even thought of contesting alone. But I never gave thought to the idea of joining hands with Mr. Dhinakaran,” he clarified.

Mr. Thirumavalavan said Mr. Stalin called him late on Sunday night and invited him for talks. “The talks went smoothly and we reached the agreement,” he added.

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