Seeks to dispel speculation that PMK is moving close to DMK

Former Union Minister and PMK’s youth wing leader Anbumani Ramadoss on Thursday sought to dispel speculation that his party was moving close to the DMK, declaring that it would go it alone in all elections in the future and have no tie-up either with the DMK or the AIADMK.

“We will lead an alternative front and will never align with Dravidian parties. We will not deviate from the resolution adopted in the party meeting in July 2011 in this regard,” he told reporters here outside a private hospital where his father and PMK founder S. Ramadoss underwent a coronary bypass surgery on May 20.

He alleged that the media was reading much into DMK president M. Karunanidhi demanding his father’s release and speculating about a possible alliance between the DMK and the PMK in the Lok Sabha polls.

“The media is spreading wrong information. This is not an occasion to write and speak about politics,” he said.

Mr. Anbumani said many leaders, including Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akilesh Yadav, Puducherry Chief Minister N. Rangasamy and Union Shipping Minister G.K. Vasan, had wished his father a speedy recovery, and one could not attribute political motives to their wishes.

Accusing the AIADMK regime of unleashing repressive measures against the PMK with a view to crippling its functioning, he said 71 PMK men had been detained either under the National Security Act (NSA) or under the Goondas Act.

“No party has faced such severe action from any government. We have a reached a point at which we should be considered the real Opposition in Tamil Nadu,” he said.

He said his father was doing well after the surgery and he was shifted from the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) to a separate room. He would be discharged in a five or six days, he added.