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.

Putting an end to speculations about him joining the DMK-led alliance, the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam chief has now joined hands with People’s Welfare Front (PWF).

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.

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.