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Efforts under way to break stalemate in AIADMK-MDMK talks

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Vaiko to meet district secretaries

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CHENNAI: Efforts are on to break the stalemate in the talks between the AIADMK and the MDMK on sharing of seats for the Lok Sabha election. Although the AIADMK offer of four seats was seen as a positive development by the MDMK leadership, there has been no progress in talks over identification of constituencies. However, the AIADMK is keen to conclude the seat-sharing agreement soon. The seats under consideration for being allocated to MDMK are Virudhunagar, Erode, Thanjavur and Tiruvallur, according to an AIADMK source.

CPI state secretary D. Pandian tried to mediate between the two parties. “We want them to settle the issue amicably. But our role is limited. We cannot go beyond a point,” Mr. Pandian told The Hindu.

MDMK general secretary Vaiko has called for a meeting of district secretaries on Wednesday. Leaders in both camps exuded confidence that an agreement would be reached soon.

The CPI(M) renominated P. Mohan and A.V. Bellarmin as party candidates for the Madurai and Kanyakumari constituencies respectively. State committee member and Coimbatore district secretary P.R. Natarajan is the candidate for Coimbatore constituency. Sixty-year-old Mohan was first elected from the Madurai constituency in 1999. He retained the seat in 2004. Mr. Bellarmin won Nagercoil constituency in 2004. Mr. Natarajan unsuccessfully contested in the Coimbatore constituency in 1996.

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