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Chennai: The Congress party on Monday finally sealed a seat-sharing deal with DMK for the upcoming Tamil Nadu assembly elections.
Congress will contest 41 of 243 assembly seats, which will go to poll in a single phase on May 16.
After finalising the deal at DMK Chief M Karunanidhi’s residence, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “Congress will be contesting on 41 seats in the upcoming Tamil Nadu assembly polls.”
“I am sure that under the leadership of Karunanidhi ji, we will be able to form the government in Tamil Nadu,” Azad said.
After joining hands for the 2004 Lok Sabha polls, DMK had walked out of the Congress-led UPA in 2013 over the vexed Sri Lankan Tamils issue. However, the two revived the alliance on February 13, with Azad, incharge of Congress affairs in Tamil Nadu, holding the first round of seat-sharing talks with Karunanidhi on March 25 here.
Congress had contested the last Lok Sabha elections on its own and had drawn a blank. It had contested the last Assembly elections along with DMK, but had secured just five seats.
In the 2011 assembly elections, AIADMK had won 150, DMDK-29, DMK-23, CPM-10, CPI-9 and others-13 seats respectively.