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Cong-DMK logjam over seat sharing continues

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Updated: March 8, 2011, 4:04 PM IST
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Cong-DMK logjam over seat sharing continues
The two parties are deadlocked over sharing of seats in the upcoming Tamil Nadu polls.

New Delhi: The Congress and the DMK failed to break the logjam over the seat sharing issue even after DMK leaders MK Alagiri and Dayanidhi Maran met Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday.

The two parties are deadlocked on a deal over sharing of seats in the upcoming Tamil Nadu assembly elections following DMK's decision on Saturday to pull out its ministers from the UPA Government over Congress attitude.

The 15-minute meeting, in which another DMK leader SS Palanimanickam was also present, came after their talks with Sonia Gandhi on Monday night failed to yield results.

Union Health Minister and Congress' incharge for Tamil Nadu Gulam Nabi Azad confirmed that the status quo continues.

"No I can't say anything. So far present stage is concerned, the deadlock is there and nothing has been resolved so far. Yesterday they had asked for time till this evening so we still have time to decide," said Azad.

The Congress is insisting on contesting 63 seats whereas the DMK was prepared to give 60, twelve more over the number Congress contested in the last elections. DMK was also not wiling to concede to Congress the choice of seats.

"Talks are going on...let's see what comes out," said DMK leader Kanimozhi.

A section in the Congress believes that a way out would be found out sooner than latter with DMK itself realising the problems it could face by such an action.

The Congress-DMK logjam has made even other UPA members worried. "We want that DMK and Congress resolve the issue soon," said NCP leader Praful Patel.

(With additional information from PTI)

First Published: March 8, 2011, 4:04 PM IST
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