The AIADMK party on Wednesday started the first round of seat sharing talks with the Left parties for the Lok Sabha elections even as the opposition camps in DMK and BJP are groping in the dark to find allies.
Chief Minister and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa formed a four-member committee including senior ministers O Panneerselvam, R Viswanathan, K P Munusamy and R Vaithilingam to hold talks with the alliance members.
Close on the heels of the announcement, the CPM delegation, led by state secretary G Ramakrishnan, met the AIADMK’s panel at their party headquarters and held talks. Following this, the CPI team comprising its State secretary D Pandian, C Mahendran and G Palanichamy, the deputy secretaries in the State held discussion with the AIADMK committee.
Despite the meetings, the top brass of the two Left parties insisted they did not get down to brass tacks on how many seats they would like to contest. They said Wednesday’s meetings were merely ‘preliminary discussions’, and denied a decision being made on seat sharing. “We have not discussed anything about the number of seats or which seats we would like to contest. Those discussions are likely to begin only after February 16,” said a CPI leader.
The CPM also maintained that finer details of seat sharing was not discussed in the meeting.
In 2009, the CPI and CPM contested in three seats each but could win only one seat. The CPM contested in Kanyakumari, Madurai and Coimbatore but won the Coimbatore seat. The CPI contested in North Chennai, Nagapattinam and Tenkasi and won the Tenkasi seat.