Jayalalitha tries to mollify allies

 The renewed trouble-shooting under the direct supervision of Jayalalitha herself continued for the second day, even as the AIADMK’s senior functionaries working all through Friday night helped reach agreements with a host of smaller parties and two major Left parties, the CPI and the CPM, which have been allotted 10 and 12 seats respectively.

However, the talks with the actor Vijayakant-founded DMDK, which has been allotted a big chunk of 41 seats, is taking much longer in identifying the constituencies for them, sources said. Earlier in the day, the AIADMK’s interlocutors O Pannerselvam and K A Sengottaiyan held a long discussion with MDMK chief Vaiko at the latter’s party office in a bid to break the deadlock. ‘Amma’ is said to have offered 13 seats for the MDMK.
However, the latest offer has not enthused Vaiko.

Considering that seat-sharing talks are yet to conclude with all the alliance partners, Jayalalitha, in a statement on Saturday night, said that in the light of the fresh constituency pacts with her allies, the list of candidates for 160 seats released by the AIADMK two days ago would need some modifications.

Hence, Jayalalitha said, the revised list of the AIADMK’s candidates will be announced on Monday.

She also directed that once the list was finalised all the authorised party candidates should file their nomination papers in their respective constituencies on the same day of March 24. There will be no staggering.

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