The Bharatiya Janata Party and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam have sealed a deal on seat sharing agreement for the upcoming state assembly polls in Tamil Nadu after several round of talks between the top leadership of the parties.
During his recent visit to Tamil Nadu, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had discussed the seat-sharing formula with the AIADMK leadership. Polls for the 234-seats Tamil Nadu assembly are scheduled on 6 April.
According to the deal, BJP will field 20 candidates in the upcoming state elections. Besides, the party has also been allotted the Kanyakumari Lok Sabha seat, bypoll for which will be held on 6 April.
The vacancy on Kanniyakumari Lok Sabha seat was necessitated by the death of Congress MP H Vasanthakumar.
The seat-sharing agreement was signed by AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam, and co-coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami, and BJP national general secretary and state in-charge C T Ravi, and Tamil Nadu BJP chief L Murugan.
The deal was reportedly delayed due to a purported disagreement over sharing of some constituencies in the western belt, particularly in Coimbatore district, between both the parties.