Thursday, March 17, 2011

Allies threaten to dump AIADMK, explore third front option

CHENNAI: AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa's design to choke her alliance partners by sniffing out MDMK and thrusting "unwanted" seats to other allies boomeranged on her. Leaders of DMDK, CPM, CPI and Puthiya Thamizhagam met at the DMDK office on Thursday and explored the option of forming a third front if Jayalalithaa remained adamant.

Jayalalithaa's allies are peeved over her taking away many seats, which were promised to the allies, for her own party. She had announced on Wednesday AIADMK candidates for 160 seats that her party was planning to contest. The list included 12 seats, represented by members of CPI and CPM in the current assembly. DMDK was upset because out of the 41 seats offered to the party, only 21 were from the wishlist it gave to AIADMK.

The crisis in the front forced Jayalalithaa to postpone her plan to kickstart the poll campaign at Madurai on Friday. Even as DMDK district secretaries, during their meeting on Wednesday, insisted on the party walking out of the AIADMK front, Vijayakanth chose to give a "24-hour deadline" to AIADMK to resolve the crisis.

Striking a cautious note, Vijayakanth said: "We don't want to decide anything in haste. We will meet again on Friday and decide what action to take." The mood in the DMDK camp was belligerent. While the district secretaries' meeting was going on in the party office, some cadres burnt an effigy of Jayalalithaa in front of the office.

CPM and CPI leaders, also met Vijayakanth and insisted that all affected parties adopt a united stand. Poovai Jegan Moorthy (a sitting DMK MLA) and All India Christian Makkal Katchi leader Ester also urged Vijayakanth to form a third front. Although the Left invited Vaiko for the meeting, he conveyed that unless they leave AIADMK front, he would not meet them.


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