Tamil Nadu Polls: Karuna and Jaya hold key meetings

SansadTV Bureau

DMK Chief Karunanidhi and AIADMK Chief Jayalalitha

As political heat rises in Tamil Nadu ahead of the May 16 Assembly election, DMK chief M Karunanidhi called a meeting of party secretaries on March 21 to deliberate party’s preparedness for the polls.

He is scheduled to discuss campaign strategies, views of party functionaries over constituencies that may be taken up for allocation to its key partner Congress are likely to be discussed in the meeting.

Crucial meeting of district secretaries comes against the background of DMDK choosing to stay away from DMK.

DMK treasurer M K Stalin met leaders of 27 small political outfits in his office in Anna Arivalayam.

Party has also formed a four member team under Stalin’s leadership to look for alliance partners for the May 16 assembly poll. DMK’s allies include Congress and the Indian Union Muslim League.

The party has been facing continuous losses since the 2011 assembly elections, all at the hands of archrival AIADMK.

DMK chief M Karunanidhi’s efforts to rope in Vijayakant’s DMDK had failed and the actor-politician announced that his party will go alone in the polls

The DMK rival camp AIADMK has also started preparations for TN Polls. The party has made several changes in the party ranks in the poll-bound states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

The confident Jayalalithaa who secured a big mandate in Lok Sabha polls is making strategic moves. Amma has ‘relieved’ Srinivasan Venugopal as her party’s State Secretary of Kerala and replaced him with its Treasurer A L Pradeep.  She also announced appointments to various party forums like the ‘J Jayalalithaa Peravai’ in both Tamil Nadu and Kerala.