Chennai: The DMK on Monday allotted 41 seats to ally Congress for the forthcoming Assembly elections after tough negotiations which lasted for more than a week. AICC general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad, who signed the deal with DMK chief M. Karunanidhi at the latter's Gopalapuram residence, said the alliance headed by AICC president Sonia Gandhi at the national level and Karunanidhi at the state level would be successful, indicating that an arrangement at the national level for the next Parliament elections is part of the deal.
Azad, who spoke to reporters, in the presence of DMK treasurer M.K. Stalin, also, said "Now, this is the turn of DMK-led government and I am sure we will be able to form the government under Karunanidhi", leaving the question of a coalition government open. Expressing optimism, he said the DMK-led government had come to power after the AIADMK-led government in alternate elections in Tamil Nadu.