Vijaykanth’s DMDK withdraws from NDA in Tamil Nadu as seat-sharing talks with AIADMK collapse

In the latest election-related development in Tamil Nadu, “Captain” Vijaykanth’s DMDK decided to withdraw from the AIADMK-led NDA alliance ahead of the state assembly elections. DMDK’s decision to separate from the NDA comes after several rounds of seat-sharing talks between DMDK and AIADMK remained inconclusive. Previously, the DMDK had asked the AIADMK to allocate the same number of seats granted to the PMK and threatened to leave the alliance if the demand was not met. The DMDK announced that it was breaking its alliance with AIADMK, as the ruling party failed to allocate seats or constituencies requested by Vijaykanth’s party despite three rounds of talks.

DMDK ‘captain’ Vijaykanth became opposition leader in Tamil Nadu after winning 29 of the party’s 41 seats in 2011, weakening the DMK’s power. However, in the subsequent assembly elections in 2016, Vijaykanth’s DMDK was completely crushed after contesting in alliance with the CPI (M), CPI, MDMK and VCK. After leaving the AIADMK-led NDA, it will be interesting to see if the DMDK approaches the third front comprising the MNM of Kamal Haasan, AIMIM of Owaisi, AISMK of Sarath Kumar and the IJK of Paarivendhar.

Meanwhile, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) has decided to allocate 20 seats to its NDA ally, the BJP, in the upcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, Dy CM O said on Saturday. Panneerselvam. The announcement comes after several rounds of talks between the two parties, with the Saffron Party pushing for more seats while the ruling AIADMK was hesitant, leading to a stalemate. Dy CM OPS revealed that the BJP had been allocated 20 seats in the AIADMK-led alliance and wished the ally good luck in the upcoming polls. The AIADMK also finalized its alliance with the PMK, allowing the latter to present candidates from 23 constituencies as part of the alliance. Assembly elections are expected to be held in Tamil Nadu in a single phase, with a ballot on April 6 followed by the results being announced on May 2.

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With the AIADMK announcing its state alliance with the BJP, the party led by EPS-OPS had refuted any possibility of reconciling with Sasikala, who has now withdrawn from politics ahead of the elections. The EPS-OPS-led AIADMK, on ​​the other hand, is wary of the possibility that Dhinakaran finds himself in a position where he could be a kingmaker if an assembly is stalled as AMMK has forged an alliance with the ‘AIMIM of Owaisi, marking the latter’s entry into Tamil Nadu. electoral politics. Meanwhile, in a bid to woo voters, EPS announced a massive farm loan waiver, free COVID vaccines, a Pongal giveaway, and canceled cases against Jallikattu protesters, anti-CAA protesters, lockdown violators. COVID and protesters at the Kudankulam nuclear power plant.

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