'DMK To Contest 20 Seats In Tamil Nadu And Puducherry, Congress From 10', Says Stalin, Leaving 5 Out Of 40 Up For Grabs Before 2019 Lok Sabha Elections

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DMK chief Stalin spoke about the seat sharing for the 40 seats for Tamil Nadu and Puducherry for the Lok Sabha elections between his party and alliances. His party has been in rounds of talks with potential allies for months.

Written By Apoorva Rao | Mumbai | Updated On:

DMK chief MK Stalin spoke about the seat sharing for the 40 seats for Tamil Nadu and Puducherry for the Lok Sabha elections between his party and alliances. His party has been in rounds of talks with potential allies for months.

He has said that the DMK would contest from 20 seats, while Congress would fight from 10 seats and other alliance parties will contest from remaining 10 seats.

MK Stalin also said that the identification of the seats for both DMK and alliance partners will happen March 7 onwards.

"We have allocated 10 seats to our alliance partner Congress and other 10 have been given to our other alliance partners. The DMK will contest on the remaining 20 seats .On 7th March, we will begin the identification of the seats for both DMK and alliance partners," he said.

Apart from Congress, DMK had recently forged an alliance with CPI and VCK and as of Tuesday, sources said that they also allied with MDMK.

Sources said that Vaiko's MDMK party would contest in one Lok Sabha seat and will get one Rajya Sabha seat in the DMK alliance. 

The CPI and DMK officially formed the alliance for the Lok Sabha 2019 polls in Tamil Nadu on Monday. 

The CPI's state secretary R Mutharasan and DMK President MK Stalin signed the seat sharing agreement on two constituencies in the state, ahead of Lok Sabha polls.

READ | CPI Wades Into DMK-Congress Lok Sabha 2019 Polls Alliance In Tamil Nadu; Here's The Seat-sharing

DMK which has been in talks with several parties had formed an alliance with Congress on February 20, where it had promised 10 seats for the party. MK Stalin proposed Rahul Gandhi's name as the next PM in 2018 even before the alliance between Congress and DMK was confirmed. 

On Monday, in a separate development, DMK leader and Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi filed has filed an application at the party headquarters seeking to contest Lok Sabha elections 2019 from Thoothukudi. During her father M Karunanidhi's reign as the leader of DMK, she was nominated as the Rajya Sabha MP in 2007. Her term as MP from the Upper House comes to an end in July.

Following M Karunanidhi's death in August 2018, her half-brother MK Stalin took over as the DMK chief.

READ | DMK Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi Seeks To Contest Lok Sabha 2019 Elections From Thoothukudi, TN, Files Application At Party Headquarters

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