DMK buckles, Congress gets 63 seats for TN polls
After hard bargaining and even giving threats of withdrawing support to the UPA government, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) succumbed to Congress pressure and conceded 63 seats for the ensuing Assembly elections. The DMK will contest 121 seats while the PMK gets 28. Thus the Congress-DMK-PMK alliance was kept in tact.
The DMK and Congress were at loggerheads earlier with DMK taking the stand that it will offer only 51 seats to Congress. It even went public that it will withdraw the support of its 18 MPs to the Congress-led UPA government. The Congress countered it by getting the support of 22 MPs of Samajwadi Party.
After Pranab Mukherji spoke to DMK chief Karunanidhi, the DMK ministers Alagiri and Maran met Ahmed Patel and the agreement of seat sharing was finalised.