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Titans to clash in 106 seats

With AIADMK and DMK announcing the seats, the battle lines have become sharply etched in Tamil Nadu.
None | By HT Correspondent, Chennai
PUBLISHED ON MAR 25, 2006 06:04 PM IST

The poll pitch is gradually hotting up in Tamil Nadu.

With both the ruling AIADMK and the main opposition DMK announcing their constituencies and those of their allies on Friday, the battle lines for the May 8 Assembly polls have become sharply etched.

The AIADMK will be contesting the highest number of seats —- 182 against the DMK's 129, which has been generous to its allies this time.

The two major political forces will lock horns directly in 106 constituencies.

The AIADMK will take on the Congress in 35 seats and PMK in 16, while the DMK will try to settles scores with the MDMK in 16 seats and the Dalit Panthers in three.

With the AIADMK finally announcing its seats it has become clear that the party is not waiting for actor Vijayakanth’s DMDK to join its front.

"There are no more seats for any other party and this is the final composition of our front," said a senior AIADMK functionary.

The MDMK is contesting 35 seats and the DPI 9 in the AIADMK front.

The INTUC, INL, IUML(TN), MMK, FB and JD(U) have been allotted eights seats totally.

AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa also announced that she would undertake a 33-day election campaign from March 31 to May 6, certainly the longest by any political leader, which would take her to neighbouring Kerala.

DMK chief Karunanidhi said his campaign would commence from the second week of April.

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