Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi seems to have reconciled himself to leading a coalition government, rather than a single-party dispensation, after next month's assembly polls.
A week into the campaigning for the April 13 elections, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) patriarch told a television channel he was not averse to coalition rule, and would talk to allies after the elections on government formation. Election results would be announced on May 13.
Until now, the DMK has managed to keep alliance partner Congress out of the government. But this time, the DMK is contesting only 119 of the 234 assembly seats, while the Congress is contesting 63 and Pattali Makkal Katchi is contesting 30.
Even if the alliance does well, DMK's partners would have a strong presence in the assembly and may press for inclusion in government in lieu of support on the floor of the house.