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Chennai: The Tamil Manila Congress (TMC) led by G.K. Vasan joined the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK)—People’s Welfare Front (PWF) alliance on Saturday. TMC will contest from 26 constituencies of the total 234 assembly seats.

While the DMDK will contest from 104 seats, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) will fight it out from 29 seats. Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) will contest from 25 constituencies each.

“People of Tamil Nadu want a government free from corruption and that supports prohibition. This is a historic alliance and will be a step forward to bring a change in Tamil Nadu," said Vasan after finalizing the deal.

Vasan was eyeing a tie up with J. Jayalalithaa-led All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). He was, however, sidelined and the AIADMK supremo announced her party’s candidate list on 4 April.

On 23 March, Vijayakanth tied up with the PWF and was announced as the chief ministerial candidate. The PWF is a coalition of Vaiko-led MDMK, the CPM, the CPI, and T. Thirumavalavan’s VCK. It was announced then, that the DMDK will contest 124 seats and the PWF will contest 110 seats in the assembly elections to be held on 16 May.

The leaders of the alliance will address a public rally in Mamandur near Chennai on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, E.V.K.S. Elangovan, president of the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) made an open invitation to Vasan to return to Congress.

“This is your home. I request Tamil Manila Congress members to come back to Congress," said Elangovan.

Congress will contest from 41 seats in the DMK-Congress alliance.

In November 2014, G.K. Vasan, the former Union minister revived his father G.K. Moopanar’s TMC after differences with the high-command of Congress.

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