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DMK allots three seats to Muslim League

The ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has allotted three seats to Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) for the coming assembly elections in May this year. In the last assembly elections IUML had got two seats from the DMK. K A M Abubaker, state general secretary of IUML while citing government’s policy of 3.5 percent reservation for Muslims in educational institutions and government services had demanded eight seats to reach the quota 3.5 percent reservation in politics too. Recently, Congress and the DMK alliance was on the verge of break-even point over seat sharing between the two parties. Congress demanded 63 seats from the DMK but the DMK was prepared to give only 60 seats. Later on, DMK agreed to 63 seats for the Congress and the IUML has taken the credit of being instrumental in the deal. IUML national president E Ahamed claims that the difference over seat sharing was overcome by the generosity of the IUML which gave up a seat for the national party.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2011 on page no. 18

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