2019 LS polls: DMDK maintains suspense on alliance

Chennai: The Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) yesterday said it will announce its stand on alliance for coming Lok Sabha elections in another two days thus keeping the suspense alive on a possible alliance with the AIADMK.

The party’s founder Vijayakanth’s wife and DMDK Treasurer, Premalatha, said her party was capable of going into the polls alone and recalled that it had done so in the past.

There has been a lot of buzz on what the actor-politician’s party will do vis-a-vis alliance, considering the AIADMK was wooing it to join the NDA coalition in Tamilnadu, which as of now includes BJP, PMK and some smaller outfits.

Earlier, AIADMK coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and his colleague D Jayakumar had called on Vijayakanth. On Thursday, senior party leader LK Sutheesh had indicated that the DMDK could finalise its alliance with the AIADMK in a couple of days.

On Thursday, Durai Murugan publicly rebuked DMDK for breaching their trust by holding talks with AIADMK at the time when they were negotiating with DMK for an alliance in the upcoming general elections. Durai Murugan said that Sudhish had called him seeking an alliance with DMK.

Premalatha flayed senior DMK leader Durai Murugan yesterday. She said, “DMK has always targeted DMDK. Can Durai Murugan clarify on the unsavoury remarks he had made against his party leadership with Sutheesh,” she asked.

To a question, she said her party would strive for the welfare of the state irrespective of the alliance that it would be in, and recalled the famous standoff between Vijayakanth, then Leader of Opposition, and late chief minister J Jayalalithaa in the state assembly once, despite being allies.

NT Bureau