DMDK in alliance: Confusion continues to reign in TN politics

Chennai: Confusion continues to prevail in the political alliances scene in Tamilnadu.

The DMDK that is playing hard to get is part of the confusion. Though it has not made its stand clear, sources say it is still bargaining with the Dravidian majors.

AIADMK top leader and Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar is maintaining that talks are progressing smoothly with the DMDK to draw it into their alliance that has the BJP also.

Makkal Needhi Maiam founder, actor-politician Kamal Haasan, who was in New Delhi to talk to CPI(M) politburo member Prakash Karat for a possible tie-up, is said to have returned empty-handed. Speaking about the talks, CPI(M) Tamilnadu secretary K Balakrishnan said in Chidambaram that the party turned down his request.

He said Karat impressed upon him the need for a strong alliance in every State to bring down the BJP government at the Centre and that they had already tied up with the DMK and Congress in Tamilnadu. Also, he pointed out that the alliance talks were finalised even as early as December.

Karat is supposed to have assured Kamal that they would continue to be friends.

In Chennai, DMK president M K Stalin has called a meeting of the seat-sharing committee of the party to find a possible solution to the ongoing confusion.

NT Bureau