Special Correspondent

Ramadoss hopes for emergence of alliance sans DMK, AIADMK

DMK regime has failed miserably on power front, says Ramadoss

Party to stage State-wide agitation from July 28 to 30

VILLUPURAM: Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S. Ramadoss on Thursday said a Congress-led alliance should be formed in Tamil Nadu to fight the Lok Sabha elections.

Addressing presspersons at Thailapuram on Thursday, Dr. Ramadoss hoped that an alliance without the DMK and the AIADMK should come into being for the Lok Sabha elections. The PMK remained with the Congress-led alliance at the Centre.

On 10 political parties, including the Bahujan Samaj Party, sharing a common platform at the Centre, Dr. Ramadoss said the Left parties, too, had aligned with the new formation.

By not categorically stating that the DMK would not have any truck with the new front, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi had kept his options open.

The bribery charge against the Manmohan Singh government and display of wads of currency on the floor of the House were the climax of a drama enacted by certain political parties, he said.

As for cross voting, Dr. Ramadoss said a legislation should be passed to enable political parties to expel, through two-thirds majority in the general body, the defiant MLAs and MPs.

He alleged that the DMK government had miserably failed on the power front, thereby plunging the State into darkness.

Though several memoranda of understanding had been signed, there was no corresponding increase in power generation, which remained static at 8690 MW since 2004.

Condemning the situation, the PMK would stage State-wide agitation from July 28 to 30.

He said invoking the National Security Act against J. Guru, Vanniar Sangam president, and two other PMK functionaries at Tirupur on bus-burning charges smacked of “repressive measures of the worst kind,” that ought to be condemned.

Assurance to Sonia Gandhi

Special Correspondent from Chennai adds:

Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S. Ramadoss on Thursday assured UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi that the PMK was ever willing to work together with the Congress.Dr. Ramadoss who had telephoned the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Ms. Sonia Gandhi to congratulate them on the government winning the trust vote, assured her that the PMK would stand by the Congress and the UPA government.

According to a press note from the PMK, during the conservsation, Ms. Sonia Gandhi underscored the need for maintaining unity and working together.