DMDK to reveal stand on alliance in February

Amid overtures from the DMK, Congress and BJP for an alliance in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls.

Ponneri: Amid overtures from the DMK, Congress and BJP for an alliance in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls, DMDK founder-president Vijayakanth on Sunday said he would disclose his party’s stand on an alliance at its state conference to be held in Villupuram on February 2.

“There is much speculation in the media about the alliance. What will they do if we decide to contest alone? I have a different idea in my mind,” he told the party’s general council meeting which adopted a total of 19 resolutions, most of them criticising its erstwhile ally and ruling AIADMK for the alleged deteriorating law and order situation and power cuts.

To end media speculation, he pointed out that he aligned with AIADMK in the last Assembly polls in 2011 following a derogatory comment made by DMK chief Karunanidhi’s son and Union minister M.K. Alagiri in an interview. The DMK, Congress and BJP were now wooing the DMDK for the ensuing LS polls.

Vijayakanth was authorised by the general council through a resolution to decide on an alliance. Stating that the people were “eagerly” watching the strategy that the DMDK would adopt for this year’s Lok Sabha polls, the resolution said, “This general council unanimously grants complete authority to Captain Vijayakanth to formulate DMDK’s decisions keeping in mind the state’s development and people’s welfare.”

“Though the council gave me the power to decide on the alliance, a six- member committee, comprising L.K. Sudheesh and V.C. Chandrakumar, will hold talks with political parties on the alliance as I have other work to take care of,” he said.

A senior DMDK leader told DC that most of the 25 speakers who addressed the general council were in favour of contesting in a strong alliance to ensure defeat of the ruling AIADMK in the polls.

He said the ruling party could be defeated only if the DMDK and DMK contested together. However, he said some were of the opinion that the party should lead an alliance comprising the BJP, MDMK and others. But no decisions had been taken yet, he added.

( Source : dc )
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