As now the poll schedule for the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly on Friday has been out, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the Congress are finding it difficult to arrive at an amicable seat sharing agreement.
“The maximum they had offered as till Saturday 2 pm is just 20 seats. Please remember that the Congress was allocated 40 seats during the 2016 Assembly election and we won eight seats,” said a senior Congress leader, as per reports.
Last week, a team of Congress leaders were called on the DMK headquarters and held a round of meeting with the second rung leaders of the Dravidian major. After the talks, a close aide to party scion Rahul said, “It was not a pleasant experience."
The leader asserted that the party would not be happy with anything less than 40. “The DMK is winning election by making use of the goodwill enjoyed by the Congress in Tamil Nadu. There is a strong anti-DMK feeling in the State, but the Congress will survive because it has showed the world that the party does not require power to become strong,” said the leader who was accompanying Rahul to Thoothukudi on Saturday. Congress leaders’ comments can be taken as a fact that there is a trust deficit between the party and the DMK.
Meanwhile, the absence this time of Ghulam Nabi Azad has surprised TNCC leaders. “Azad was the leader who knows the functioning of the DMK inside out. But he was conspicuous by his absence this time,” said the leader.