The Tamil Nadu Congress and the DMK appear to have given up hopes of the PMK returning to their alliance for the Lok Sabha elections in the state on May 13.
A senior Congress MLA told HT on condition of anonymity, “There is no hope. The PMK seems to have settled for an alliance with the AIADMK, which is offering it seven Lok Sabha seats and one Rajya Sabha seat (for Anbumani Ramadoss).”
The PMK general council will meet on Friday to take major poll-related decisions.
The Congress and DMK are prepared for the PMK, led by S. Ramadoss, formalising a seat-sharing arrangement with AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa. But there is a crucial rider.
Several of the PMK’s district heads have expressed the view that despite the DMK-PMK relations hitting a new low with the war of words since last year, the PMK’s “pre-eminent place in Delhi should not be lost”.
These functionaries favoured continuance of the pattern of PMK ministers finding a place in both NDA and the UPA governments.