New Delhi/Chennai: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Tuesday concluded a seat-sharing electoral pact with the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) by allotting two seats to the Left party.

The DMK, in its bid to lead a rainbow alliance, has already signed electoral arrangements with the Congress, Communist Party of India (CPI), Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), Indhiya Jananayaga Katchi (IJK), Kongunadu Makkal Desiya Katchi (KMDK) and the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML).

 

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Communist Party of India (Marxist) state secretary K Balakrishnan confirmed, “As far as Tamil Nadu is concerned, our party will wholeheartedly participate in the alliance led by DMK. Our intention is to defeat the BJP-AIADMK combine in Tamil Nadu and there is no difference of opinion in that (among constituents).”

There are a total of 39 Lok Sabha seats in the state, besides one in neighbouring Puducherry.

Asked about the party’s stand on bypolls to 21 Assembly seats that have been lying vacant in the state, Balakrishnan said it had already been decided that the CPI(M) would support the DMK.

While 18 seats are lying vacant following the court upholding the disqualification of AIADMK MLAs for revolting against the chief minister in 2017, Tiruvarur and Tirupparankundram segments await bypolls due to the death of sitting legislators, former DMK chief M Karunanidhi and AK Bose of AIADMK, respectively.

 

With PTI inputs