Saturday, February 26, 2011

DMDK launches poll parleys with AIADMK

Chennai: Actor-politician Vijayakant's DMDK on Thursday launched formal poll parleys with the Opposition AIADMK to "oust DMK from power".

Though backdoor negotiations were going on for some time, this is the first time that leaders of both parties met to initiate poll talks.
A team of senior DMDK leaders, including 'Panrutty' S Ramanchandran and Sutheesh met AIADMK's poll panel, comprising party MLAs, O Panneerselvam, S Jayaraman and K A Sengottiyan.

After the talks, DMDK presidium chairman Ramachandran told reporters that his party was committed to ousting DMK from power, the reason why the party had initiated poll talks with AIADMK for a possible alliance.

However, no decision had been arrived at yet on seat-sharing, he added.

Though Vijayakant has been consistently holding that his alliance was only with the people and no other political party, the DMDK, however, opted for tie up under pressure from party cadres.

Founded in 2005 by Vijayakant, DMDK made its debut in the next year's Assembly elections, with Vijayakant himself winning from the Viruddhachalam seat even as his party polled eight per cent popular votes.

However, the party's performance in the subsequent by-polls and 2009 Lok Sabha polls were below par even as it played spoilsport to AIADMK's prospects by splitting the votes.

Speculations of a possible tie-up between the two parties was going around for sometime before the two chose to make it offcial today.

Meanwhile, an AIADMK release said talks were held between the two parties "in order to ensure the DMDK's participation in the AIADMK-led alliance."

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