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Jaya takes Left turn for LS polls

india Updated: Dec 06, 2008 01:36 IST
MR Venkatesh

The AIADMK and the Left on Friday sealed an electoral pact for the Lok Sabha elections, due in less than five months.

After an hour-long meeting on Friday, Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat and AIADMK leader J. Jayalalithaa told mediapersons that the parties had decided to have an electoral alliance for the Lok Sabha elections. Since his party had a “common understanding to work together” with the CPI, it would also be a part of the front, Karat said.

He said both parties would meet again to work out the alliance modalities, indicating that the seat share was yet to be worked out. Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Union Territory of Puducherry have 40 Lok Sabha seats.

“Prakash Karat and I had a very cordial discussion and it has been decided that the AIADMK and the

CPI-M will enter into an electoral alliance for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. I’m very happy with the outcome of the talks, Jayalalithaa said.

A strong government at the Centre that would be responsive, tackle terrorism and restore the economy was what the two sides were looking for, Jayalalithaa said. When asked if more parties, especially the PMK, could join the alliance, Jayalalithaa said, “Wait and see”.