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Only an alliance can take on strong ruling AIADMK, says Karunanidhi

Press Trust of India Chennai | Updated on January 23, 2018 Published on April 27, 2015

M Karunanidhi, DMK chief

With his meeting with DMDK founder Vijayakanth sparking speculation of a political realignment ahead of Assembly elections in 2016, DMK President M Karunanidhi on Monday indicated that only an alliance of political parties could face the strong ruling AIADMK.

Speaking to reporters here who asked him if the meeting between the two of them yesterday could be taken as a precursor for an electoral tie-up, Karunanidhi said it was up to their individual perception but that his party had no announcements to make now.

“But, considering the situation in Tamil Nadu, an alliance is required and only the success of that alliance can save the State,” he said.

Having aligned with the Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK for the 2011 Assembly polls, DMDK later parted ways with the ruling party, following a face-off between Jayalalithaa and Vijayakanth on the floor of the Tamil Nadu Assembly. The DMK performed poorly in the polls winning just 23 seats.

Support for cause

Yesterday, Vijayakanth called on Opposition party leaders, including Karunanidhi, TNCC President EVKS Elangovan and BJP state president Tamilisai Sounderrajan, to garner support for his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of Karnataka constructing a check dam across river Cauvery at Mekedatu, which has raised concerns in the State.

Welcomes efforts

Responding to this, Karunanidhi said that he welcomed the efforts by Vijayakanth to “unify Tamils” and assured all his support to his endeavours.

Winning spree

AIADMK, which trounced arch rival DMK in the 2011 elections, winning 151 constituencies, had since then been on a winning spree, winning the local body polls, all by-polls to the Assembly segments and netting 37 of 39 Lok Sabha seats in last year’s Parliamentary elections.

Published on April 27, 2015
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