DMK announces seat allocation with allies for Lok Sabha polls

Tamil Nadu: The opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Friday announced the names of the constituencies that the party will contest with its allies for the April 18 Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

DMK president M K Stalin released the list of constituencies allotted to the allies, including Congress, in the presence of coalition leaders, including TNCC chief KS Alagiri and MDMK's Vaiko, at the party headquarters here.

M K Stalin named the coalition as Secular Progressive Alliance.

There are 39 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu and one in neighbouring Puducherry.

Addressing a press conference, Stalin said that the 20 seats from where DMK will contest include – Thoothukudi, Chennai (South), Chennai (Central), Chennai (North), Kanchipuram, Nilgiris, Pollachi.

The Congress will compete for the lion's share of seats among the allies, will contest from nine seats in the state, including Sivaganga, Tiruchirappalli and Arani.

However, the Vaiko-led MDMK was allotted Erode while CPI with Tirupur and Nagapattinam. CPI(M) will contest for Coimbatore and Madurai.

The national party will also fight from the lone seat in the neighbouring Puducherry and the pro-Dalit VCK has been given Villupuram and Chidambaram (SC) segments.

The IUML and the KMDK will field their nominees from Ramanathapuram and Namakkal, respectively, while the IJK was allotted Perambalur, Stalin said.

(With inputs from agencies.)

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