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TMC still knocking at AIADMK doors

Published Apr 5, 2016, 6:49 am IST
Updated Apr 5, 2016, 6:49 am IST
A worker at a poster shop  readies  stickers for party  supporters at Pudupet on Monday. (Photo: DC)
 A worker at a poster shop readies stickers for party supporters at Pudupet on Monday. (Photo: DC)

Chennai: Even after AIADMK releasing its candidates list, Tamil Maanila Congress is still knocking at the ruling party’s shut doors. Citing the precedents of 2011 Assembly polls, a senior TMC leader said that AIADMK had unilaterally announced its candidate for all the seats leaving out its alliance partner DMDK but later withdraw candidates from some seats to accommodate Vijayakanth’s party. “Even in 2001, AIADMK declared its candidate first and subsequently had withdrawn it to allocate seats TMC led by late G K. Moopanar. There are precedents of AIADMK announcing its candidates and withdrawing it to accommodate the alliance party,” said a senior TMC leader.

However, the senior leader said that since party founder G. K. Vasan himself was holding talks with AIADMK, he was not aware status of the talks. He said that Mr Vasan would announce the party’s stand on Tuesday.  “We have also got invitation from DMDK-PWA front and BJP to join their alliance as well. We will take a call tomorrow or day after on the issue of alliance,” the leader added.

Mr Vasan, after reviving TMC in  November 2014 following differences of opinion with the Congress leadership again, has been showing keen interest to join the AIADMK alliance. Sources said that AIADMK initially offered only eight seats and then increased it to 12 but insisted that TMC should contest in former’s  two leaves symbol leading to breakdown of talks.

When asked whether DMDK-PWA would welcome TMC to join their alliance, CPI state secretary R. Mutharasan said that it was up to Mr Vasan to take a call on their invitation to join their front. “We had invited TMC to join our alliance on November 2 last year. Leaders of PWA met Mr Vasan and invited him to join our front on January 1. Now they have to decide on our invitation,” CPI state secretary R. Mutharasan said.

Besides, DMDK too is holding talks with TMC. A senior DMDK leader said that their alliance would be able to accommodate TMC and seats could be negotiated. “Captain have very good rapport with Mr Vasan as he was very close late leader Moopanar,” the leaded pointed out.



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