Leaders of the AIADMK and the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhgam(DMDK) are believed to have reached a broad agreement on alliance for the coming Lok Sabha elections at a prolonged meeting which went on till midnight Wednesday.
Under the agreement, the AIADMK has agreed to give DMDK four Lok Sabha seats plus one Rajya Sabha seat. The DMDK, which demanded five Lok Sabha seats, is believed to have accepted the new offer.
The AIADMK made the revised offer in order to retain the DMDK in its fold after two of its functionaries met DMK treasurer Durai Murugan to explore possibility of joining the rival front. Though they did not make any headway as Durai Murugan told them it was too late since the DMK had already allotted seats among allies, the AIADMK did not want to embarrass the DMDK further as it is under pressure from the BJP to somehow accommodate it.
L K Sudeesh, Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kaghazam (DMDK) deputy general secretary and brother of founder and actor Vijayakanth on Thursday accepted the explanation of the two district secretaries A Muregesan and Ilangovan that they met Durai Murugan in their personal capacity. He told reporters that the alliance with the AIADMK-BJP combine would be finalised in a day or two.
The AIADMK, which waited till on Wednesday for DMDK’s response and then went ahead with the formal launch of the election campaign by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in which other allies were present, also said its offer of four seats plus one Rajya Sabha seat was still open.
Sudeesh told reporters that he knew Durai Murugan personally as they both hail from the same district. However, he said he had not talked to Durai Murugan after his party started negotiations with the AIADMK.
The AIADMK leaders took his explanation at face value and resumed the negotiations with the DMDK after Modi left Chennai and an agreement was reached around midnight Wednesday. Reports said the agreement would be formalised in a day or two as the Election Commission is expected to announce the Lok Sabha schedule on Friday.