Congress panel consults partymen on seat sharing with DMKBy IANS
Sunday, February 13, 2011
CHENNAI - A five-member Congress panel, set up to discuss sharing of seats with ally DMK, Sunday started hearing the views of its parliament and assembly members on the constituencies it should contest from in the ensuing Tamil Nadu assembly polls.
The panel comprising Tamil Nadu Congress chief K.V.Thankabalu, union ministers P. Chidambaram and G.K.Vasan, Rajya Sabha Member Jayanthi Natarajan and the state assembly member Namakkal Jayakumar held discussions at the party headquarters here.
The panel will Monday hear the views of the party’s district unit leaders and youth wing office bearers to ascertain their views and then hold discussions with the DMK.
In the 2006 elections, the Congress contested 48 seats and won 35. The available indications are that the Congress would like to have around 78 seats to contest this time around - two seats per Lok Sabha constituency.
The committee later called on DMK president and Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi at his residence.