Lok Sabha Elections 2024: AIADMK finalises seat-sharing deal with DMDK, SDPI, and PT in Tamil Nadu

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: The announcement of the electoral pacts took place at the party headquarters as AIADMK's general secretary, Edappadi K Palaniswami, disclosed key details.

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Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Tamil Nadu's main opposition party, AIADMK, has finalized its seat-sharing arrangement with key allies, including DMDK, SDPI, and Puthiya Tamizhagam.

The announcement of the electoral pacts took place at the party headquarters as AIADMK's general secretary, Edappadi K Palaniswami, disclosed key details. According to Palaniswami, the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) will field candidates in Tiruvallur (SC), Central Chennai, Cuddalore, Thanjavur, and Virudhunagar Lok Sabha constituencies.

Meanwhile, the Puthiya Tamizhagam (PT) has been allotted the Tenkasi constituency, while the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) will contest in the Dindigul segment.

The agreements were formally sealed with the respective party leaders - DMDK's Premalatha Vijayakanth, PT's K Krishnasamy, and SDPI's state unit chief, Nellai Mubarak.

K Palaniswami lashes on DMK

Palaniswami took the opportunity to question the ruling DMK's track record in fulfilling its electoral promises. He specifically cited the party's failure to fulfill its pledge of scrapping the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for Tamil Nadu, despite making assurances ahead of both the Lok Sabha elections 2019 and the Assembly polls 2021.

Palaniswami criticized the party for not exerting sufficient pressure on the Centre to abolish NEET. 

For the DMDK, led by the late 'Captain' Vijayakanth until his demise in December last year, this election marks a significant juncture. Premalatha Vijayakanth, his widow and the DMDK's general secretary, expressed confidence in the alliance with AIADMK, describing it as a 'natural ally.' She reminisced about the alliance's triumph in the Assembly polls in 2011, asserting that a similar victory coalition has been forged once again for the upcoming elections.

AIADMK and DMDK alliance

The alliance between AIADMK and DMDK in 2011 proved historic, securing an overwhelming victory that propelled J Jayalalithaa to the Chief Minister's office while enabling Vijayakanth to assume the role of the opposition leader. It was a transformative moment for the DMDK, winning 29 seats and relegating the DMK to third place in the assembly, with only 23 seats secured.