Allies vs Allies in Tamil Nadu
By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  Mar 05, 2019, 06:04 PM
Tamil Nadu might just see the largest alliances in the upcoming general elections since the Allies and the Axis in World War II.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), which formed an alliance in the 2014 elections, and won only 5% of the seats, have broken the alliance this time.
The BJP has decided to contest the elections with DMK’s staunch enemy, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and the Paattali Makkal Katchi(PMK) party in both, Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Puducherry.
Union Minister of Railways and Coal, Piyush Goyal has announced that the BJP will hold a meeting on Wednesday with the AIADMK and PMK in Tamil Nadu, attended by PM Narendra Modi, Tamil Nadu CM and deputy CM among other leaders.
The seat sharing, as of now, seems to be that the BJP will contest 5 Lok Sabha seats, the PMK 6, and the rest 28 by AIADMK. BJP will also contest the single seat from Puducherry. As for the Rajya Sabha seat distribution, all that is known is that the PMK will contest 1 seat, but the distribution of the remaining 17 between the BJP and AIADMK remains to be seen.
DMK, which, as mentioned before, allied with the BJP in the previous elections, has now formed an alliance with the Indian National Congress, the Communist Party of India (CPI), and the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) party. The arrival at this decision, as per VCK chairman Thol. Thirumavalavan, seems to have been “peacefully and happily”.
The seat distribution which has been decided, allocates 2 Lok Sabha seats to the VCK, and 9 to the Congress. The lone seat of Puducherry is also issued to the Congress, which might lead to a nail-biting fight between the Congress and the BJP for the prestigious Union Territory.
Whichever grand alliance wins, the fight for the ministry posts is sure to create more headlines than the actual election!
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