Cong happy with AIADMK, DMDK alliance
March 05, 2019  18:15
Union minister Piyush Goyal has stated that he is happy about the meeting between Tamil Nadu deputy CM O Panneerselvam and DMDK's Vijaykanth, which he mediated.

BJP is believed to have assured Vijaykanth's wife Premalata about support from the party, but details are not immediately known about the extent of support. Since Goyal is directly dealing with AIADMK leaders many of the second line of leadership in party in Tamil Nadu have been kept out of the loop. 

A senior Congress leader in New Delhi who is an observer of state politics, said the party was happy with Vijaykanth's alliance with the AIADMK. 

The MDMK and the CPI(M) have sealed an alliance with the DMK. The Congress leader told us that the MDMK would have taken four seats of the Congress's share and the Congress would be left with just six seats. DMK has categorically told the Congress that it will contest 20 seats. 

There were reports that Congress leaders in Tamil Nadu wanted to to keep the DMDK out of alliance with DMK, which was has received Rahul Gandhi's nod. 

Both the BJP and the Congress are happy that DMK chief MK Stalin has been able to keep smaller parties like the VKC, MDMK and CPI happy.  

-- R Rajagopalan
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