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Mar 20, 2014 at 05:35pm IST

BJP improves its poll prospects in Tamil Nadu as PMK joins NDA

Chennai: Amidst reports that their ties were on the rocks, the PMK on Thursday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA in Tamil Nadu.

Announcing the alliance, BJP chief Rajnath Singh said the party will contest from eight seats in the state.

"BJP will contest in eight seats - Chennai South, Vellore, Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Tanjavur, Sivaganga, Ramanathapuram and Kanyakumari," he said.

Rajnath also announced the seat-sharing between the BJP and its allies. "The DMDK will contest from 14 seats, the PMK from 8, MDMK 7, KMDK 1 and IJK from 1," he said.

Rajnath said that the Tamil fishermen's issues would be the NDA's topmost priority if elected.

"The NDA will work hard with Sri Lanka to resolve issues related to Indian fishermen. Release of fishermen in Sri Lankan jails will be the NDA's top most priority," he said.

Talking about the NDA's chances in the general elections, Rajnath said the entire country was "yearning for change".

"According to a survey, the BJP is ahead of the Congress in Tamil Nadu. People are no more prepared to live in scandals, and sky high prices. The IIT engineers are sitting at home without jobs," he said.