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    DMK plays big pre-poll gamble, pulls out of UPA

    Chennai: The DMK has annouced that it will withdrawn from the UPA government after seat sharing talks with the Congress hit a roadblock.

    Congress wanted 63 seats of it's choice, DMK said it will give 60 seats and dicuss the choices. Neither side agreed and DMK has now walked out.

    DMK leader TKS Elangovan said, "We feel that congresss is putting undue pressure on us, it seems Congress does not want us. It is for Congress to decide if they want any negotiations with us. It's over. We have shown lot of leniency. Our high command has taken this decision."

    But is this the final walk out? In 2004 and 2009 when it came to cabinet berths the DMK did threaten to walkout but it made up.

    Efforts are on to find a solution but this time the Congress believes it has the upper hand. It's a do or die election for the DMK and there's no immediate panic in New Delhi.

    The UPA government is safe even without the DMK and the Congress sources say is even prepared to test it's power on it's own in a state that it lost in 1967 and never regained. So for the moment no immediate reaction from the grand old party.

    Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "The difference between the two allies sources say is also about choice of seats."

    While the Congress contested in 48 seats in 2006 and won 35, it's demand for a 60 seats also include seats in the DMK bastions in north Tamil Nadu.

    The DMK which has already given away 51 seats to four other allies is already set to contest in just around 123 seats.

    The lowest it has contested in over three decades is worried that if the allies take too many winning seats then it may face a very difficult battle.

    If this is the final good bye and if the two allies walk their own way and if the Congress goes it alone then it could completely alter political equations in the state with just over 30 days to go for the elections.

    But then the next 48 hours will show whether indeed this is the final break up between the two allies.