Chennai (Agency): DMK general council, the party's high-level policy making body, will meet here on 3rd February to finalise strategy for Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, due in May.

DMK, which has already firmed up its alliance with Congress, will discuss tie-ups with some other parties including Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, party sources said. The party's tie up with PMK will also come for discussion, they said.

DMK chief M Karunanidhi had ruled out the possibility of PMK's inclusion after its founder S Ramadoss had said his party was yet to decide on the alliance issue and its general council would meet this month to take a call on it. However, backtracking from his stand, Ramadoss today told reporters in Salem he had not said PMK is not in the alliance.

AIDMK MLA to join Cong

Unattached MLA and former AIADMK leader S Ve Shekher said he would join Congress to give the party a boost ahead of the upcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly elections.

Shekher, elected from Mylapore constituency in Chennai, had recently met party general secretary Rahul Gandhi before deciding to join Congress. Shekher, axed from the Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK in 2009, said he had met Gandhi two months back and would join the party "under instructions" from Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is in-charge of party affairs in the state.

The decision comes amidst speculations that the multi-faceted actor-politician could join DMK, especially after his ouster from AIADMK following differences with the party high command.