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Cong-DMK logjam over TN seat sharing continues

March 03, 2011 10:18 IST

The stalemate in seat sharing talks between Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and Congress for the April 13 assembly polls in Tamil Nadu persisted with All India Congress Commitee president Sonia Gandhi's special emissary Ghulam Nabi Azad leaving for New Delhi on Thursday after his inconclusive talks with DMK chief M Karunanidhi.

The scheduled meeting between Karunanidhi and Azad on Thursday morning was cancelled with the Congress leader deciding to rush to New Delhi.

Before his departure, Azad told mediapersons at the airport in Chennai that he had a long discussion with Karunanidhi late on Wednesday night.

"Whatever has come out of the discussion, I have to discuss with my leadership", he said. "We will have another round of meeting soon", he said.

Asked whether the Congress' demand for increased number of seats and a share in power had led to the present situation, Azad shot back, "No, no".

Azad, in charge of Congress affairs in Tamil Nadu, flew in here last night to pick up the threads from the second round of discussions the two parties had on February 25.

The talks have, however, not been able to break the deadlock with parties haggling hard over the number of seats and power sharing.

With the Election Commission announcing the schedule for the single phase polls and barely 16 days left for filing of nominations to begin, the two key United Progressive Alliance allies are under increasing pressure to reach a seat sharing deal.

The DMK has completed the seat sharing exercise with minor allies like the Pattali Makkal Katchi, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, Indian Union Muslim League and Movendar Munnetra Kazhagam.

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