DMK and Congress to fight TN Assembly polls together

RSTV Bureau
Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mukul Wasnik meeting with DMK Chief M Karunanidhi at his residence in Chennai on Saturday.   Photo-PTI

Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mukul Wasnik meeting with DMK Chief M Karunanidhi at his residence in Chennai on Saturday.
Photo-PTI

After three years of separation over Lankan Tamilian’s issue, old friends Congress and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) have decided to enter into an alliance in the upcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly elections.

The decision was taken after congress party senior leader Gulam Nabi Azad met DMK supreme Karunanidhi at his residence in Chennai today.

Azad was accompanied by AICC general secretary Mukul Wasnik and Congress Legislative party leader Gopinath. The DMK side is represented by party treasurer MK Stalin and Kanimozhi.

Speaking to media in Chennai post their meeting Azad called DMK described as “the most dependable partner”.

“Our party leadership and DMK leader Karunandhi have decided to fight the upcoming assembly elections together. It will be a formidable combination to defeat others,” said Azad.

He also said that the election would be fought under the DMK leadership and put on Karunanidhi’s party the responsibility of roping in more constituents into this alliance, including DMDK.

Asked what had changed between 2013 and 2016 for the two to join hands again, Azad said there were political “compulsions and pressures”.

Azad said that the DMK-led coalition would emerge victorious in the state elections and defeat the Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK. Since Congress and DMK have joined hands, more parties could come into the alliance, he added.

DMK Spokesperson T K S Elangovan welcomed the decision taken by DMK leadership said ‘Cong DMK has been formidable alliance. We want all the political parties to oppose this government & bring it down.’

BJP State President Tamilisai Soundara Rajan said ‘actually, they have formed their alliance but it has been rejected by the people of Tamil Nadu.’

“It will create negative impact because people of Tamil Nadu knows them .It is a corrupt alliance,” she added.

In 2013, DMK had pulled out of UPA after its demand for strong amendments to a US-sponsored resolution in a UN body against Sri Lanka for alleged war crimes and a resolution in the Indian Parliament were not heeded to by Congress.

It was also the same time when DMK MP A Raja was removed from the post of Telecom Minister for his involvement in 2 G spectrum scam.