The AIADMK and the BJP almost finalised an electoral deal for the Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu after late-night talks between Union Minister Piyush Goyal and two state ministers, but they are yet to reach an agreement on seat-sharing. "We are seeking 10 of the 39 seats in Tamil Nadu, but the AIADMK is willing to give six. The deal should be done in a couple of days," a senior BJP leader told NDTV.
An AIADMK leader explained why they were reluctant to agree to the BJP's demand. "We told them clearly that things will only work to the DMK's advantage if the BJP is given more seats," he said.
Sources said the AIADMK is holding talks with former BJP partners - including the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) and Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) - on an individual basis instead of as a BJP-led group. It is also negotiating with former Union Minister GK Vasan's Tamil Maanila Congress.
A formal announcement is expected to be made in a few days. All the allies may come together on a single stage at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Kanyakumari rally on March 1.