Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Ready for tie-ups in elections

DMDK chief Vijayakant is now open to electoral alliances

Finally Karuppu MGR (black MGR) Vijayakant, the president of Desiya Murpokku Diravida Kazhagam (DMDK), has learnt his lessons. After continuously receiving severe drubbings in the Assembly by-elections in Tamil Nadu, he has decided to go for alliance with other parties in the coming elections.

In a recent DMDK general council meeting, 24 resolutions were introduced. One of the resolutions said: “The party is ready to work with other political parties. This general council empowers party president Vijayakant to talk to them and take decisions.”

Vijayakant was the most sought-after leader during the run up to the last Parliamentary elections. As the PMK had left the UPA, there was a huge void in the DMK-led Congress alliance in Tamil Nadu. Both the DMK and Congress leaders wanted to have Vijayakant in their alliance. He was summoned to Delhi and Congress leaders negotiated with him.

“Vijayakant was reportedly offered seven MP seats in the Congress alliance. But he refused the offer. If he had accepted it, he would have won all the seats and perhaps would have got two ministries at the Centre. But now after his drubbings in the by-elections, no one wants to join him. If he allies with the AIADMK, he should be ready to bear insult,” says Solai, a political commentator.

In the last Parliamentary elections, his vote share rose to 11 per cent. It is definitely higher than PMK, MDMK, and communist parties. So Vijayakant is still going strong. Assembly elections are due in Tamil Nadu in 2011, where DMDK will be of high value if it joins any parties — DMK or AIAMDK.

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IIPM Editorial, 2009

An IIPM and Professor Arindam Chaudhuri (Renowned Management Guru and Economist) Initiative

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