2019 elections: Anbumani clarifies on why PMK joined AIADMK alliance

Chennai: PMK youth wing president and MP, Dr Anbumani Ramadoss, today said alliance with the AIADMK was forged only after the ruling party agreed to consider the 10 demands put forth by them for the welfare of the people.

Addressing mediapersons today on why the PMK forged an alliance with AIADMK, Anbumani said, the power to take a decision on coalition was given to party founder, Dr S Ramadoss, and he took this decision based on the feedback and discussions with party cadres.

(The  PMK and AIADMK have sewn up the alliance for the upcoming general elections with seven seats being allotted to PMK.)

Answering a question about the criticism the PMK has been fending for going with AIADMK to face the Lok Sabha elections after making several allegations against the party, Anbumani said political parties have always hit out at each other and later compromised for the welfare of the people.

“We too have done the same. We are firm in our stand that those who did wrong should be punished. We gave a complaint list about AIADMK ministers to Governor Banwarilal Purihot. If these allegations are proven, we will be the first to raise our voice to take action against them. Just because we have forged an alliance, it does not mean we have changed our party’s policy,” he added.

He further said the PMK has already announced that it will contest in the by-elections but we never said we will not back any party during the by-polls.

“At present, in the absence of former chief ministers M Karunanidhi and J Jayalalithaa, it has become a necessity to forge an alliance to win the polls to do good for the people,” he said.

“All important parties, including the DMK, spoke to us. This is common in an election. Ayya (Ramadoss) consulted with the party members and said we should align with the AIADMK. Stalin is criticising us severely. May be he is doing it because the PMK is not in his alliance,” said Anbumani.

“We will oppose the eight-lane green corridor proposed by the State government. No change in that. The case in my name remains,” he added.

He also clarified that people did not recognise them much when they contested polls without allies.


NT Bureau