''PMK keen to continue alliance with DMK'

HOSUR, JULY 12. The Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) was keen on continuing the alliance with DMK in the coming assembly elections, said Mr. G. K. Mani, president, PMK.

He told reporters here on Wednesday that PMK had neither criticised the DMK nor the Chief Minister, Mr. M. Karunanidhi but had only been critical about the `lethargic bureaucracy' which had failed to effectively implement the numerous schemes brought about by the DMK Government.

Referring to the claims of setting up a coalition government by certain political parties in the state he said based on the political equations existing in Tamil Nadu there was absolutely no room at the first place for the formation of a coalition government in the state.

On the charges of the TRC president, Mr. Vazhapadi Ramamurthy, that PMK was sowing the seeds of separatism in Tamil Nadu, he said the party has decided to totally ignore the utterances of Mr. Ramamurthy which were all false and devoid of any substance.

Mr. Mani, however conceded that a booklet released at its `Petchalar Pasarai' in Hognekkal (cited by Mr. Ramamurthy as highly objectionable) was done by an individual and had nothing to do with the PMK.

He further noted that PMK was very clear on its stand that Tamil Eelam alone could bring about a lasting solution to the ethnic strife in Sri Lanka, but at the same time it was very clear that it would do nothing that would affect the national interest and secular fabric of the Country.

As regards the frequent incidents of violence in Cuddalore district, he said a PMK delegation comprising its MLA's and MP's was scheduled to meet the Chief Minister soon to brief him about the happenings in the district following which an all party meeting would be convened in this regard.