2016 Tamil Nadu Assembly Polls: Congress and DMK Join Hand

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Both parties have joined hands to create a massive alliance against ruling AIADMK and attempting to reverse the situation in the last Lok Sabha elections.

In a bid to thwart to the ruling AIADMK's attempt to retain power in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, India’s main opposition party Congress and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) have decided to fight Tamil Nadu Assembly elections together. Ghulam Nabi Azad, the veteran Congress Party Leader and Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha declared about Congress DMK for the upcoming Assemble Polls of Tamil Nadu. This alliance would be meant for the state Assembly polls and also to revive the long lost bond. This revival took place after 3 years.

Speaking on the alliance the veteran congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “DMK and Congress will fight (the) Tamil Nadu assembly elections in alliance”.

The official declaration came only when Azad met the DMK Chief M Karunanidhi. Ghulam Nabi Azad met the DMK patria Karunanidhi at his residence and he was accompanied by Congress state President along with Congress’ party in-charge of Tamil Nadu. Out of 234 seats, this alliance would fit for almost all but have decides on the seat share part as of now. However, it is reported that Congress is seeking more seats this time from DMK compared to that they took in 2011. Although for the last few elections, Jayalalitha’s AIADMK has swept the polls, this time DMK Congress alliance aims at grabbing the seats in a same way.

In 2013 elections, DMK pulled of its support to Congress when Manmohan Singh government stood on Sri Lankan human rights issue at Geneva, UNHRC. The DMK-Congress split had also come against the backdrop of the arrests of former Union Minister A Raja and Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi, a Rajya Sabha MP, in the alleged spectrum allocation scam. Congress has not been in power for the past 5 decades in Tamil Nadu. 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 secured just five seats.

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