Thursday, March 17, 2011

DMK rules out possibility of MDMK joining its alliance


M. Karunanidhi, president of DMK (Dravida Munetra Kazhagam) party, speaks a...
Chennai: DMK president and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of MDMK joining his party-led alliance after the AIADMK virtually shut the door on that party.

Answering reporters' queries here, he said there was "no chance" of the Vaiko-led party joining the DMK-led alliance to fight the April 13 Assembly polls.

AIADMK had announced contesting from 160 seats in the state, thus virtually shutting the door on Vaiko, the party's ally since 2006.
To a question on the constituency problems involving CPI-M and AIADMK, Karunanidhi said he "does not peep into neighbours' houses".

Asked when his party would hit the campaign trail, he said that would be after the release of the party manifesto, scheduled on March 19.

The 86-year-old leader evaded direct replies on his party allotting more seats to allies (such as Congress) in Chennai, considered to be his party's stronghold.
Meanwhile, Karunanidhi firmed up his party's poll pact with the Kongunadu Munnetra Kazhagam, allotting them seven seats.

The DMK allotted one seat each to Moovendar Munnetra Kazhagam and Peruthalaivar Makkal Katchi, which will fight elections from the DMK symbol, the Rising Sun.

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