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TN: Cong’s Azad to meet Karunanidhi for seat-sharing talks tomorrow

assembly elections Updated: Apr 03, 2016 18:56 IST
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Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad meets DMK chief M Karunanidhi at his residence in Chennai.(PTI File Photo)

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad will meet DMK president M Karunanidhi in Chennai on Monday for seat-sharing talks for the May 16 Assembly polls, DMK treasurer MK Stalin said.

Azad will meet the DMK chief tomorrow morning, Stalin said.

“Most likely, a good decision is expected to be arrived at,” Stalin said, indicating the two parties, which renewed their alliance after a three year break, could strike a seat-sharing deal.

After joining hands for 2004 Lok Sabha polls, DMK had walked out of the Congress-led UPA in 2013 over the vexed Sri Lankan Tamils issue.

The two revived their alliance on February 13, with Azad -- in charge of Congress affairs in Tamil Nadu -- holding the first round of seat-sharing talks with Karunanidhi on March 25 in Chennai.

Faced with a reported low offer by its Dravidian ally, the Congress’ Tamil Nadu unit is eyeing at least 45 seats and had conveyed its view to the party’s central leaders negotiating seats with DMK.

Congress had contested 63 seats in the 2011 elections in alliance with the DMK.