IJK switches over from AIADMK to DMK alliance

India Jananayaga Katchi led by educationist-entrepreneur Parivendhar aka T R Pachamuthu today offered support to the main opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. An IJK delegation led by Parivendhar called on DMK president M K Stalin at his party headquarters Anna Arivalayam in Chennai and offered support. Speaking to reporters, Parivendhar said, "we walked out of the AIADMK alliance since we cannot stay in a coalition which has the PMK in it. Tamil Nadu needs a change and only Stalin can provide it."

Meanwhile, the DMK today continued seat sharing talks with MDMK, VCK, CPI, CPI(M). The DMK had already signed seat sharing pacts with the Congress (10 constituencies) and the Indian Union Muslim League (one seat), while it is holding talks with parties such as the Vaiko-led MDMK and Thol Thirumavalavan's Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi among others. Recently, DMK started issuing applications to aspiring candidates wishing to contest the Lok Sabha elections and the bypolls to 21 Assembly seats.

The filled-in applications, along with a payment of Rs 25,000, for both LS and Assembly tickets, should be submitted to the party head quarters between March 1 and 7. The amount of Rs 25,000 would be re-imbursed to those who had sought tickets in Lok Sabha constituencies and Assembly seats allotted for the alliance partners.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the party said that forms for both are priced at Rs 1,000 each and the applicants will also have to pay Rs 25,000 with the forms, which should be submitted at the party headquarters between March 1-7.