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DMDK alliance decision on Feb. 2

B. Kolappan
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Party’s State conference to be held in Ulundurpet in Villupuram district

DMDK leader Vijayakant addressing party's general council meeting at Ponneri on Sunday.— Photo: M. Vedhan
DMDK leader Vijayakant addressing party's general council meeting at Ponneri on Sunday.— Photo: M. Vedhan

Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam leader Vijayakant on Sunday said he would announce his party’s decision on alliance for Lok Sabha polls at the party’s State conference to be held in Ulundurpet in Villupuram district on February 2.

Seeking to quell speculations over his alliance moves, he wondered what the media would do if he chose to go it alone in the polls.  “I have a different route in my mind,” he said while addressing the executive and general council meeting of the party here.

Mr. Vijayakant said he aligned with the AIADMK in the 2011 Assembly elections since former Union Minister and DMK leader M. Karunanidhi’s son M.K. Alagiri made some disparaging remarks against him on a television channel. “The AIADMK won the election because of the DMDK’’. The general council meeting convened to thrash out the alliance question authorised Mr. Vijayakant to take a final decision.  Though the party has contested many elections in the past, all sections of the society are keenly watching the stand to be taken by it in the Lok Sabha polls.

The meeting authorised Mr. Vijayakant to take a stand in the interest of people of Tamil Nadu, especially the poor and the middle class,” a resolution adopted at the meeting said.

The meeting also decided to form a committee to hold talks with other political parties for an alliance for the Lok Sabha polls. The committee members are the party’s whip V.C. Chandrakumar, party MLA Anaiyur Mohanraj, youth wing leader L.K. Sudheesh and senior leader Jahirs, Yuvaraj and Umanath.

Another resolution resolved to organise the State conference of the party in Villupuram to showcase the strength of the party to other political outfits.

“The conference should draw the attention of the country," Mr Vijayakant said, while announcing a separate committee for holding the conference.

Coming down heavily on the AIADMK government for its failure to set right the deteriorating law and order, a resolution said the police had become a puppet in the hands of the ruling party. Yet another resolution wanted Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to take steps on war footing to overcome the power crisis.

The meeting also condemned elite liquors shops opened by the State government in commercial complexes and malls.  “Liquor shops destroy the lives of youth and created uncertainty in the lives of women,” it said.

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