DMDK close to signing a poll pact with DMK :
After weeks of indecision, DMDK president Vijayakanth appears to have indicated to the DMK leadership his inclination to join the DMK-Congress front.
DMDK’s senior leadership is still divided on the question -Vijayakanth’s personal advisors including his wife are believed to be keen on aligning with the BJP while DMDK’s district functionaries are overwhelmingly in favour of a DMK alliance.
Highly placed DMK sources said `Captain’ had conveyed his in-principle willingness although the nitty gritties are yet to be thrashed out. The breakthrough is said to have come at a negotiation Vijayakanth had with a DMK emissary on Tuesday night.Discussions narrowed down to the number of seats.
Vijayakanth, in interviews with DMDK ticket aspirants, had earlier indicated that DMK was willing to offer only 50 seats; now the Dravidian major may increase the offer to 55-60 seats to clinch the deal. “It could be either 55 seats or 59 seats, in line with Vijayakanth’s numerological preference,“ said a source.
BJP leaders privately conceded that DMK had an upper hand in the negotiations with DMDK. Congress, Puthiya Thamaligam and IUML are already in the DMK camp. If Vijayakanth joins the front, Congress may have to settle for less than 30 seats.
DMK has ruled out the option of sharing power in the state, but is willing to contest local body polls -to be held in October this year -together with DMDK as demanded by Vijayakanth, said a DMK source. DMDK has demanded one-third of local body seats for itself. Elections to corporations, municipalities, panchayat unions, town panchayats and district panchayats are held on the basis of political nominations.
In village panchayat elections, candidates contest in their individual capacity as political nominations are not permitted.
News of a possible DMDKDMK tie up has sparked interest in other smaller outfits such as Nadalum Makkal Katchi headed by actor Kar thick and Kongu Nadu Mak kal Desiya Katchi headed by E R Eswaran to join the DMK front, said sources.
A formal agreement be tween DMK and DMDK, how ever, will be delayed as DMK president M Karunanidhi is busy till March 7 on account of the ongoing interviews of DMK ticket aspirants.
This also could bring to an end several months of hectic parleys leaders of BJP and People’s Welfare Front have had with Vijayakanth. Cap tain’s likely decision would rob the NDA alliance of its strongest player, restricting it to PMK and BJP for now.
Meanwhile, there are indi cations that Vijayakanth’s wife Premalatha continues to have reservations about DMK. Even though Vijaya kanth has avoided criticism of DMK leadership in recent months, Premalatha lashed out at both DMK and AIADMK, calling them corrupt parties, at DMDK’s re cent public meeting at Kan cheepuram.
dinathanthi newspaper 03/03/2016 : http://www.dinathanthiepaper.in/firstpage.aspx