Karuna hopeful of DMDK joining DMK ‘grand’ alliance

SansadTV Bureau

Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections 2016

DMK chief Karunanidhi gave a new twist to the political scenario in poll- bound Tamil Nadu saying he is confident of striking an alliance with actor Vijayakanth’s party.

“(Its) happening. I have not lost my confidence,” the DMK supremo said.

The DMK leadership is working to cobble up a broad alliance to take on the incumbent Jayalalitha-led AIADMK in  the state. The ruling party had swept 2011 assembly polls winning mammoth 200 plus seats in a 243-member assembly.

However, only recently, Vijayakanth had announced that his  Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) would not join any alliance. But, the DMK has been wooing Vijayakanth persistently as the regional unit commands sizable vote share in Tamil Nadu.

The former CM and DMK chief also chaired the meeting of party’s district secretaries on Monday. 65 party office-bearers from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, which also goes to assembly elections on May 16, participated in the meet.

Karuanidhi’s announcement that talks were on with DMDK has virtually put the clock back over the question of opposition political combinations that would take on the ruling AIADMK.

DMK has already struck an electoral deal with Congress and Muslim-dominated parties like the IUML and MMK is awaiting Congress party’s decision to announce its candidates list.

“It would neither be appropriate for me to spell that out nor civil for you to pose that question at this juncture,”said Karunanidhi.

Meanwhile Congress has announced an eight-member committee led by its state chief EVKS Elangovan to hold seat-sharing discussions with allies DMK. AICC General Secretary Mukul Wasnik said the party had approved the committee whose other members include two former state presidents KV Thangkabalu and M Krishnasamy.

Thangkabalu had resigned as TNCC chief following the party’s poor show in the 2011 Assembly elections when it had faced the polls as part of a DMK-led alliance.

After parting ways in 2013 over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, DMK and Congress have again joined hands to face the May 16 polls, with senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad formalising ties with DMK President M Karunanidhi last month.

The DMK had already announced a four-member delegation led by its treasurer MK Stalin to hold seat-sharing talks with alliance parties. The Stalin committee has finalised an alliance with another regional party Manithaneya Makkal Katchi (MMK).

“We fought 2014 Parliamentary polls only as part of the DMK front, now for the Assembly election too we will be part of the same front,” MMK chief M H Jawahirullah told reporters.