Third Front emerges in TN, Vijayakanth CM candidate

RSTV Bureau
Members of Peoples Welfare front in Chennai. Photo-PTI

Members of Peoples Welfare front in Chennai.
Photo-PTI

In what can be seen as a new twist in Tamil Nadu politics, a third alternative political option has emerged paving way for DMDK chief Vijayakanth to test his fate as the Chief Minister.

The Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam chief has now joined hands with People’s Welfare Front (PWF). The move is considered a setback for DMK which had hoped to rope in all key anti-AIADMK forces under its leadership and made sustained efforts to bring in Vijayakant.

On Wednesday morning, the actor turned politician formally entered into an alliance with the People’s Welfare Front. As per the agreement, DMDK Chief Vijayakanth will be the CM candidate of the front.

PWF will contest from 110 seats and DMDK will contest from 124 seats in the polls.

PWF leaders – MDMK’s Vaiko, CPI (M)’s G Ramakrishnan, CPI’s R Mutharasan and VCK chief Thirumavalavan were part of the PWF delegation that met Vijayakanth at the former actor’s residence in Chennai.

MDMK chief Vaiko claimed that the People’s Welfare Front will win in the May 16 Assembly polls.

“Our CM candidate will be Captain Vijayakanth. The next Govt of PWF alliance will be coalition under leadership of Captain Vijayakanth,” said MDMK leader Vaiko.

DMK treasurer and senior leader Stalin said that PWF will not cut into DMK’s vote base.

“Decision will not bother us in any way,”said  DMK leader MK Stalin.

Targeting both Jayalalithaa led AIADMK and Karunanidhi led DMK, Vijayakanth said that the people of Tamil Nadu will vote to put an end to the “money power of both the parties.”

In the 235-member Tamil Nadu assembly ruling AIADMK has 150 seats, DMK- 23 seats, Vijayakanth’s DMDK has 20 and others have the remaining 42 seats.

However, Vijayakanth (DMDK) and Vaiko’s (MDMK) joint grand alliance with the BJP failed to secure any seat in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.