With barely three months left for the Tamil Nadu civic polls to begin, DMK working president MK Stalin on Friday will meet Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi.

Touted as an emergency meet to work out the strained relationships between the DMK and Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) president S Thirunavukkarasar, the duo is most likely to also discuss the alliance and poll strategy for the upcoming elections.

After the civic poll schedule was announced in October last year, Thirunavukkarasar was unhappy about the seat-sharing process between the DMK and TNCC. He had threatened that the party will not alliance with DMK and contest the civic elections solo if they did not get a better deal.

The differences got highlighted again last week, when Thirunavukkarasar denied participating in the hunger strike with DMK. Stalin, on Wednesday, held a day-long hunger strike against the Palaniswami trust vote in Tamil Nadu assembly on February 18.

Completely wiped out in the Maharashtra civic polls, Congress will be desperately looking to smoothen the already thwarted relations with the DMK.

All eyes on how Stalin and Rahul stitch this partnership.

First Published | 24 February 2017 9:34 AM
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