Erode (East) bypoll | Dhinakaran says AMMK will support neither DMK nor AIADMK

He dismissed the suggestion that he had sought to be favourable to the BJP

Updated - February 09, 2023 04:25 pm IST

Published - February 09, 2023 12:55 am IST - CHENNAI

The election office of Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam was closed following the party’s decision to withdraw its candidate A.M. Siva Phrashanth for the Erode (East) Assembly by-election in Erode on February 8, 2023

The election office of Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam was closed following the party’s decision to withdraw its candidate A.M. Siva Phrashanth for the Erode (East) Assembly by-election in Erode on February 8, 2023 | Photo Credit: GOVARTHAN M

The Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) general secretary T.T.V. Dhinakaran on Wednesday announced that his party would support neither the DMK-led front nor the AIADMK in the Erode (East) byelection.

“We are not for evil forces or the forces of betrayal,” Mr. Dhinakaran told reporters at the party’s headquarters here. 

To persistent queries, he made it clear that his decision to opt out of the electoral fray was taken as the Election Commission of India did not assign the symbol of ‘pressure cooker.’ 

Dismissing the suggestion that he had sought to be favourable to the BJP, Mr. Dhinakaran pointed out, “We are not in the NDA [National Democratic Alliance].” Also, he said, no one from any political party had contacted him before he announced the withdrawal of his party’s candidate

When asked who his party’s followers and supporters would support in the byelection, Mr. Dhinakaran said, “They are free to decide. They know my position.”

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in

Comments

Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.