Vijayakanth’s poster also appeared along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally venue in Kancheepuram. The PM will address the rally later in the day.
File photo of DMDK leader and actor Vijayakanth.
Tamil Nadu’s deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam said DMDK is now a part of the alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Vijayakanth’s poster also appeared along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally venue in Kancheepuram. The PM will address the rally later in the day.
Vijayakanth’s wife and DMDK treasurer Premalatha were among those who met AIADMK leaders at Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami’s residence on Wednesday.
Sources said the DMDK may be allotted 4 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu.
State ministers Thangamani and Velumani are discussing a seat-sharing formula with Union minister and senior BJP leader Piyush Goyal. The announcement, sources said, is likely soon.
The DMDK was earlier in talks with the DMK-Congress front, but could not agree on the number of seats. DMK leaders said they were unable to meet the demands of the DMDK of seven seats.
“We already have too many partners. We were ready to offer a maximum of four seats to DMDK. However, they have asked for seven and assurance for one Rajya Sabha seat. So, we did not proceed with the alliance talks,” said a DMK leader.
After a meeting with his office-bearers, Vijayakanth had on Friday decided to enter into a pre-poll alliance with the AIADMK, a DMDK functionary said.
On February 19, the AIADMK struck an alliance with the BJP and Ramadoss’ Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK).
Of the 39 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu, the BJP has been offered five and the PMK seven Lok Sabha seats with an assurance of one Rajya Sabha seat. The AIADMK has already offered the lone seat in Puducherry to its ally All India NR Congress.