DMK today finalised the seat-sharing pact with the Dalit party, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) of Thol Thirumavalavan, and the CPI, allotting two seats each.
The party clinched an agreement with the Indhiya Jananayaga Katchi (IJK) of TR Pachamuthu, the chancellor of SRM University, and has given one seat to it.
The IJK, a long time ally of the BJP, had quit the AIADMK-BJP alliance saying its presence had become untenable with the entry of the OBC-Vanniyar dominant Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK).
“We cannot be in an alliance where the PMK is a constituent. The PMK has harassed us and milked our institutions to the hilt,” Pachamuthu told the media.
The DMK’s seat-sharing negotiations with the CPI(M) and the MDMK of Vaiko still remain inconclusive. Both the parties, which have sailed with the DMK for long, are hopeful of firming up an agreement in a day or two day confirms party sources .
In the AIADMK camp, there is a renewed urgency to conclude the pact with the DMDK of actor Vijayakanth, who remains a fence sitter till now.
Vijayakanth has called for a conclave of party honchos on Tuesday to discuss the issue.
Ahead of that crucial meeting, deputy chief minister and ruling AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam called on Vijayakanth and expressed confidence of the DMDK joining the AIADMK-BJP alliance.