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PMK may join Jayalalithaa in coming polls
June 18, 2008 21:16 IST
Last Updated: June 18, 2008 21:49 IST
The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's snapping of ties with the Pattali Makkal Katchi is expected to hasten the emergence of a new front lead by All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam as the PMK is likely to cast its lot with Jayalalithaa for the next general elections.
For its part, the DMK is expected to compensate the loss of the PMK vote bank, consisting of 5.65 percent, by roping in smaller parties.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has already indicated that it was prepared for the revival of 1998 Lok Sabha alliance in which AIAMDK, PMK, MDMK and BJP fought the elections during which the saffron party won a Lok Sabha seat for the first time in the state.
If the PMK wants to join the AIADMK-front, it had to leave the United Progressive Alliance, which means it has to withdraw its nominees Ramadoss and Velu from the Manmohan Singh [Images] cabinet. However, PMK sources said it was too premature to talk about alliances. "First we would like to concentrate on raising the people's issues in the Tamil Nadu assembly and outside. We will behave like an opposition party during the monsoon session," they said.
A DMK minister said the party cadre was happy over the decision to snap ties. "The PMK was bent upon troubling us on every issue. We could not undertake any major project like setting up of a satellite town to reduce congestion in Chennai due to the PMK's opposition," he said.
For its part, the Congress has become a mute spectator to the entire episode, though Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president M Krishnanswamy, whose daughter Sowmya is married to Anbumani, had issued an appeal to all constituents of the DMK-led alliance to maintain the coalition dharma.