Special Correspondent

"Polls are a long way off and do not merit immediate attention"

CUDDALORE: Desiya Murpokku Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam founder Vijayakant on Friday said the local body elections were "a long way off and do not merit immediate attention."

The elections are due in October and the Vriddhachalam MLA said he does not want to give room for speculation. At a press conference here on Friday, Mr. Vijayakant said the DMDK was a fledgling party and ought to take every step cautiously. He would not entertain questions relating to the DMDK going it alone or seeking alliance another party for the local body elections.

In the event of a by-election in Madurai (for the seat that has fallen vacant after the death of P.T.R. Palanivel Rajan), the DMDK would field its candidate, he said.

On the Rs. 2-a-kg rice scheme, he said any scheme beneficial to the people was welcome. However, he was adopting a "wait-and-watch" approach about the performance of the DMK Government.

Regarding the reservation issue, he said till all sections of society got equal rights, the quota system should continue.

Referring to the ethnic issue in Sri Lanka, he said he had spurned birthday celebrations until the lot of Tamils there improved.

He said he was yet to take a decision on his role in the South India Actors' Association.

To a question on how much he had spent on the Assembly elections, Mr. Vijayakant said details should first be got from the major political parties before seeking "account" from the DMDK.