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Congress leader P. Chidambaram. Photo: Reuters
Congress leader P. Chidambaram. Photo: Reuters

Congress alloted seats it does not need: P. Chidambaram on DMK seat sharing

Congress leader P. Chidambaram says the party has been allotted only 41 seats in Tamil Nadu

Pudukottai: Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Sunday expressed dissatisfaction over seat-sharing arrangement with ally Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), saying his party has been allotted “seats which we do not need".

“In this election, we have been allotted only 41 seats to contest. Even in those 41 seats, we have been alloted seats which are not desired by us. We have been offered seats which we do not need," he said.

“We do not know whether they (Congress leadership) will field candidates as per our wish. But we cannot neglect (contesting polls) it just by saying we are not happy," he said, addressing a party meeting.

After much deliberations, Congress and DMK had arrived at their seat-sharing formula on 4 April, for the 16 May polls with the national party being allotted 41 constituencies. A well-known local Congress leader, M. Jothimani, had publicly expressed dissatisfaction over Aravakurichi in Karur being allotted to DMK.

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