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Vaiko ditches DMK, takes 35 seats from Jaya

March 04, 2006 10:28 IST
Last Updated: March 04, 2006 13:28 IST

Irked with the offer of just 22 seats by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, which is heading the Democratic Progressive Alliance in Tamil Nadu, the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam on Saturday decided to walk out of the grouping and cross over to the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam camp.

MDMK General Secretary Vaikomet the AIADMK supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa at her residence at 11.45 am, and was offered 35 seats for the May 8 polls to the Tamil Nadu assembly.The decision was announced by Jayalalithaa in Chennai.

After a 45-minute meeting between the two, Jayalalithaa told reporters that all other matters like the Prevention of Terrorism Act issue were things of the past. (Vaiko was detained under POTA for over a year by her government).

"We are here on a positive note, on a positive matter and we will be making only positive statements," she said.

Vaiko said the AIADMK-led alliance would "sweep" the polls. "This is the finest hour in the political history of Tamil Nadu. The alliance is a formidable one".

Right from day one of the seat-sharing talks among the constituents of DPA, the MDMK had been adopting a dilly-dallying attitute. Only yesterday, DMK chief M Karunanidhi had served an ultimatum to the MDMK to take the offer of 22 seats or leave the alliance.

TheMDMK had been demanding parity with the PMK on the plea that its strength was much more than that of the PMK and was the 'number three' party in the state. The MDMK cadres had been opposing the tie-up with the DMK and were seeking an alliance with the AIADMK which had offered the party more seats.

Vaiko's decision is a boon for the ruling AIADMK, which had been more or less isolated in the state's political scenario.

The MDMK, one of the erstwhile constituents of the DMK-led DPA, was demanding at least 25 seats, but the DMK leadership had categorically stated on Friday that it was able to offer a maximum of 22.

In Tiruchirappalli, DMK president Karunanidhi reacted with a cryptic 'Nothing to say' when asked about Vaiko's decision to align with the AIADMK. Asked whetherVaiko's decision was due tohis offer of fewer seats, he told reporters: 'I don't know.'

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Number of User Comments: 16

Sub: Alliance Politics

The recent outburst of DMK leadership against Vaiko is totally baseless. When all political parties irrespective of their so called ideology come together for fighting ...

Posted by nirmal

Sub: DMK against Vaiko's presence in UPA

In fact one cannot rule out the involvement of Congress in this. On the one hand Congress wanted to keep UPA in tact at the ...

Posted by Senthil Arumugham

Sub: Vaiko ditches DMK,joins Jayaa

Keen obervers of the TN politics are not surprised at this.Though Karunanidhi was oozing synheitic sweetness towards Vaiko,he was alive to the danger of Vaiko ...

Posted by S.Ramaswamy

Sub: Economists worry and this is why!!!

It is good if politicians take different stands. This is good for the democracy. But here in India and cearly in Tamil Nadu all Politicians ...

Posted by Pradeep Kumar M S

Sub: Vaiko !

It happens in Politics!Good Wishes to Thiru. Vaiko. Neverthelss,hope he is going to loose everything in politics in the future !

Posted by Palaniappan.Minian



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