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AIADMK, CPI-M tie-up for LS polls

December 05, 2008 15:16 IST

In a significant move, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazagham and the Communist Party of India-Marxist on Friday jointly announced that they have formed an alliance for next year's Lok Sabha elections.

The announcement came after "wide ranging" discussions between CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat [Images] and his AIADMK counterpart J Jayalalithaa, on various issues. Speaking to reporters after an hour-long meeting, Jayalalithaa described the meeting with Karat as "cordial".

"I am happy with the meeting. The AIADMK and CPI-M will enter into an electoral alliance (for the Lok Sabha elections)," she said.

Karat said the two parties would be holding more discussions. Asked about the possible entry of other parties like PMK, Jayalalithaa said, "wait and see". Slamming the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government at the Centre on various fronts, she said, "we need a strong government that would restore the economy."

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