PMK, which has been striving to form an alternative front in Tamil Nadu, on Sunday launched the Social Democratic Alliance (SDA) and released a list of candidates for four constituencies in Tamil Nadu and the lone constituency in Puducherry.
PMK president G.K. Mani will contest from Krishnagiri, former Minister of State for Railways R. Velu from Arakkonam, another former minister A.K. Moorthy from Arani, PMK’s youth wing secretary R. Arul from Salem and former PMK MLA R.K.R. Anatharaman from Puducherry constituency.
“We need more time to do election work. Anyway, the notification for elections is likely to be issued by February next year,” said Dr Ramadoss, explaining the reason behind releasing the candidates’ list much ahead of the election schedule.
He said the decision to contest alone was in line with the general council’s stand in 2011 that the PMK would lead a front that would be an alternative to both Dravidian and national parties in Tamil Nadu.
Dr Ramadoss has already brought together many caste-based outfits on a plank against inter-caste marriages involving Dalit youth and favouring amendments to the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
Asked to name the organisations that were part of the SDA, Dr Ramadoss said it would be disclosed at an appropriate moment.
He reiterated that Anbumani Ramadoss would contest the polls, but refused to name the constituency from which he would contest. “Let it be suspense for sometime,” he said.
Dr Ramadoss explained that while the PMK candidates would contest on the party’s ‘Mango’ symbol, a decision on candidates of other organisations using the symbol would be taken after consultation.
To a question on the SDA’s prospects in the election, Dr Ramadoss said the people of Tamil Nadu were looking for an alternative to the Dravidian parties, who, he claimed, had failed to secure the rights of Tamil Nadu and damaged the socio-economic and cultural fabric of the State.
“The election results will bring us happiness and shock to the Dravidian parties,” he said.
Asked whether the PMK would be ready for any post-electoral alliance, he said the general council meeting of the party would meet and take a decision.
He said the PMK will neither contest the Yercaud by-election nor support any other party.