Earlier, speculation had been doing the rounds that an understanding has been arrived at between the two

TMC-AIADMK talks hit roadblock over symbol or constituencies
news TN 2016 Thursday, April 07, 2016 - 15:07

Talks between the AIADMK and the Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) have reportedly hit a roadblock. 

The Hindu reports that a senior TMC leader confirmed that party president G.K. Vasan has turned down AIADMK's proposal and has told its leadership that unless the TMC was allowed to contest in its own symbol, the deal cannot go through.

The News Minute spoke to a source from the party, who said the demand from the AIADMK side to contest from their party symbol had largely been ironed out. “The problem however is that AIADMK says they will offer constituencies of their choice to us and we will have to accept those. As of now, there is no final word on numbers. There is a variation of 5-10 seats from what we are expecting,” the source said.

The only remaining option for the TMC is the People’s Welfare Front if the talks with the AIADMK fall apart. A PWF source confirmed that top leadership had spoken to Vasan on Tuesday night and maintained that the invitation to ally with the party was open to him.

Earlier, intense speculation had been doing the rounds that an understanding has been arrived at between the two parties through back channel talks. .

The decision to re-launch talks with the AIADMK was taken after there was significant opposition within the TMC to the idea of aligning with People’s Welfare Alliance led by DMDK chief Vijayakanth. Several leaders opposed to the idea saying there was no chance of winning seats in that alliance.

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