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PMK dumps Congress, ties up with Jaya's AIADMK

In a major blow to the Congress, the PMK, a constituent of the ruling UPA at the Centre, is all set to join the AIADMK-led front in Tamil Nadu as the party decided at its crucial meeting in Chennai. PMK's Anbumani Ramadoss will step down in the next few days as the Health Minister. Special: My India, My Vote

india Updated: Mar 26, 2009 16:17 IST

The PMK, a constituent of the ruling UPA at the Centre, is all set to join the AIADMK-led front in Tamil Nadu as the party's top policy making body, the General Council, decided at its crucial meeting.

The meeting, attended by all senior leaders, including PMK founder Dr S Ramadoss and his son and Union Health Minister Dr Anbumani, took a final decision to align with the AIADMK, which has reportedly offered seven Lok Sabha seats and one Rajya Sabha seat, party sources said.

Ramadoss will now call on AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa to ink the seat sharing pact, the sources said.

She has also invited MDMK leader Vaiko and leaders of CPI-M and CPI, allies of AIADMK, for tea this evening. She would sign the seat sharing agreements with these parties, AIADMK sources said.

Being the new moon day, considered auspicious as per the Tamil almanac, Jayalalithaa, a firm believer in astrology, would clinch the deals today itself, they said.

Of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Puducherry, MDMK is likely to be given five seats, the CPI-M three and the CPI two, party sources added.