Silent birthday for Stalin

Today (March 1) is the first birthday of M K Stalin after he took over as the president of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. But, he chose to remain silent and spent the day at a farmhouse in Kanchipuram district, sources said. They also added that Stalin discussed with party seniors about his party's alliance for the LS polls. Meanwhile, leaders and DMK cadres wished him on his birthday today.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: "Wishing @mkstalin Ji a very happy birthday. Wish you good health and happiness." Recently, the Congress signed a seat-sharing agreement with the DMK for the Lok Sabha election, under which it will contest in nine constituencies in Tamil Nadu and in the lone seat in Puducherry.

Speaking to reporters, Stalin said, "The DMK will contest in the available constituencies after sharing seats with our alliance partners." Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) president K.S. Alagiri, AICC general secretaries Mukul Wasnik (Tamil Nadu in-charge) and K.C. Venugopal and Congress Legislature Party leader K.R. Ramasamy were present.

Stalin added that the constituencies to be allotted to the alliance partners would be decided after completing seat-sharing talks with “parties that have been friendly to the DMK and working with us in the last two years to highlight people’s issues against the government.”