BJP Does Seat Math, Gives Ultimatum to PMK - The New Indian Express

BJP Does Seat Math, Gives Ultimatum to PMK

Published: 19th March 2014 07:40 AM

Last Updated: 19th March 2014 07:48 AM

The BJP went to bed on Tuesday night armed with two seat-sharing formulae. One included the PMK and the other didn’t. Senior functionaries of the party’s State unit said one of these formulae would be announced early on Wednesday morning. The BJP also stated that it would make no further efforts to bring the PMK into the alliance, and that it was now a question of whether it is the father or son who prevails, in a reference to PMK founder S Ramadoss and his son Anbumani.

“You can expect the announcement by about 7 am. (BJP national secretary) Muralidhar Rao is leaving for Delhi around 9 am, and the announcement would be made before that.

We have also worked out the distribution of the eight seats allotted for the PMK in the event they do not confirm their participation in our alliance,” said a senior BJP functionary, adding that the announcement was likely to be made on the television channel owned by one of the BJP’s allies. The idea is to finalise the BJP’s front in time for the visit of party president Rajnath Singh on Thursday.

If the PMK does confirm its part in the alliance, the seat sharing matrix would read thus — DMDK (14), BJP (8), PMK (8), MDMK (7) and one each for Indhiya Jananayaga Katchi, Kongu Nadu Makkal Desiya Katchi and the All India NR Congress.

If the PMK pulls out, its eight seats would be distributed among the remaining allies. The understanding that has been reached would give two extra seats to the DMDK, one extra seat for the Kongu Nadu Makkal Desiya Katchi and one seat to the Puthiya Needhi Katchi. The remaining four seats would go to the BJP. The MDMK would not get any more seats than it has already been given. Sources told Express that the BJP had set an 8 pm deadline for the PMK to reach out. Anbumani also sent word through an emissary to request the BJP to hold off on any announcement. A BJP leader said while Anbumani was going all out to stay in the alliance, his father was making efforts to leave it. “In the end, I feel they will come. Otherwise, I don’t think they would have negotiated this much.”

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