Ruling out contesting the October 13 Tiruchirappalli (West) bye-election, the Pattali Makkal Katchi on Friday said it will, however, support the Dalit-based Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi if the party fielded its nominee.

Speaking to reporters here, party chief S Ramadoss, whose PMK walked out of the DMK-led alliance two months ago in the wake of the its defeat in the April 13 assembly polls, also ruled out forging alliance with the Dravidian or any national parties.

The VCK is a constituent of the DMK-led front and after the poll debacle in which the former returned no MLAs to the present Assembly. Dr. Ramadoss and VCK founder Thol. Thirumavalavan have been appearing in public together, especially relating to the clemency for the three death row convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case - Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan.

Dr. Ramadoss also extended support to VCK in the local body polls if it contested by its own and said an alliance was “possible”.

Responding to the Jayalalithaa government action against DMK leaders including former Ministers on land grab complaints, he described it as “vindictive action.”

MDMK’s decision

The Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam on Friday said they would not contest in the October 13 bypoll to the Tiruchirapalli (West) assembly constitutency.

However, the party would participate in the local body polls, dates for which was to be announced, MDMK general secretary Vaiko told reporters here.

Mr. Vaiko said his party will not have alliance with DMK or ADMK in the polls.

Tiruchirapalli (West) seat fell vacant following the death of AIADMK legislator Mariam Pitchai in a road accident in May.