MMK, old friend of AIADMK, decides to go with DMK front
In a sudden turn of events, MMK, which was perceived to be cosying up to Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK, clinched a poll deal with DMK on Saturday . The party was until recently inclined to join the AIADMK front, and seen as a possible partner to woo the Muslim votes. But, on Saturday , MMK leader M H Jawahi rullah called on DMK leader M K Stalin’s at his Alwarpet residence and held talks for an hour, before announcing that his party had sealed a pact for the assembly election.
Another Muslim outfit Social Democratic Party of India, which has a presence in southern coastal districts, also extended support to DMK on Saturday .SDPI leader KKSM Dhehlan Baqavi said the AI ADMK failed on various fronts, and hoped DMK would meet the aspirations of the community .
The MMK moved to the DMK camp for the 2014 LS polls, when the ruling AIADMK decided to contest on its own in all 39 constituencies. “We held preliminary talks with DMK, and expressed our desire to support the front. Seatsharing discussions will be held later,“ Jawahirullah told TOI, without getting into details of the discussions. The tie-up with MMK is a shot in the arm for the DMK, which enjoys support from long-time ally, Indian Union Muslim League, led by Khader Mohideen. IUML submitted its wish list of 15 constituencies last month.
Sources said the apparent `silence’ on the part of the AIADMK leadership and the delay in inviting the MMK for alliance talks caused heartburns in the party .
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