Staff Reporter

“Both parties will work for respective candidates cordially”

Party to launch a nation-wide campaign to introduce prohibition in the country

PMK to continue to raise the problems faced by Sri Lankan Tamils

PUDUCHERRY: Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S. Ramadoss said the relationship between PMK and VCK would not be affected though they were in the opposite camps.

“Cadres of both parties would work for their respective candidates in a cordial atmosphere,” he said and expressed optimism that the friendly relationship between the workers of PMK and VCK would continue in spite of the change in the political equation.

On the issues that PMK planned to take up during the election campaign, he said since regional parties had grown in strength, local issues would dominate the Lok Sabha polls.

The Parliamentary election held immediately after the Emergency was the only election fought on a national issue, he said.

Justifying the PMK’s alliance with the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, he said his party shared identical views on several issues with the AIADMK. The party would continue to raise the problems faced by Sri Lankan Tamils as it had been doing in the past, he said.

He criticised Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi for making statements that went against political decency. Mr. Karunanidhi was one of the senior-most leaders in the country who often spoke about political decency but at the same time he was the first to cast aspersions in the most politically indecent manner, the PMK leader said at a press conference here on Sunday.

He was replying to a question on Mr. Karunanidhi’s remarks against him after his party came out of the DMK-Congress fold.

Mr. Ramadoss said his party would be in the forefront to launch a nation-wide campaign to introduce prohibition in the country.

Asked whether the party would field former Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Anbumani Ramadoss in the polls, he said since he had one more year as Rajya Sabha member, he would not contest the election.