Chennai: All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) has forged an alliance with Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday with Deputy Chief Minister O Paneerselvam calling it a ‘Mega Alliance’.
On Tuesday morning, PMK founder Dr. Ramadoss and his son and former union minister Anbumani Ramadoss joined Chief Minister Palanisami and Deputy Chief Minister O Paneerselvam to formalize the alliance.
PMK has been allocated with seven seats in the Lok Sabha election and one in Rajya Sabha elections. The Deputy Chief Minister also said that PMK will support AIADMK in the upcoming by-elections to 21 Assembly constituencies.
(Old allies reunite: From left to right – GK Mani, President of PMK; Chief Minister E Palanisami; Ramadoss, Founder of PMK; Deputy Chief Minister O Paneerselvem; MP Anbumani Ramadoss)
In the past few years, the father-son duo of PMK has been critical of the AIADMK party and its leaders. Both of them went to the extent of saying that they’ll not join hands with the Dravidian parties in the future elections.
Defending the volte face, Ramadoss said, “For the alliance to take place, PMK had placed 10 requests to CM and Deputy CM for the betterment of the people.” It is based on these conditions/requests, the alliance has been formed.
The 10 requests are declaring Cauvery delta as protected zone, linking of Godavari and Cauvery rivers, caste census in TN, release of 7 Sri Lankan Tamils arrested in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, steps to make TN alcohol free, closure of Sand quarries, implement old pension scheme for government employees, defeat Karnataka’s Mekedatu dam plan, waive farm loans and exemption from NEET exam for Tamil Nadu students.
A few hours later, the deal with the BJP was firmed up, when BJP’s Tamil Nadu in-charge Piyush Goyal met the AIADMK leadership.
“Under the leadership of AIADMK, BJP will contest in five constituencies in TN,” Paneerselvam said announcing the alliance. He also confirmed that BJP will also support AIADMK in the upcoming by polls.
(Grand alliance: From left to right – CM E Palanisami, Deputy CM O Paneerselvam, Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal and Tamil Nadu BJP president Tamilisai Soundararajan)
While addressing the media, Piyush Goyal said “Together we’ll work so that honorable Amma will be that we’ve sworn to serve the people of Tamil Nadu, so that we’re working together to continue the legacy of Amma. Narpathum Namathey, we’re working for 40 seats.”
Incidentally, with PMK and BJP supporting AIADMK in the upcoming bypolls, things have become more difficult for DMK as it needs to win all the 21 constituencies to come to power.
Post the announcement, the BJP minister left to the house of Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) founder Vijayakanth. It was rumored that DMDK will also join the alliance as the DMDK leader returned from the US after undergoing medical treatment on Sunday.
However, after meeting the DMDK founder and LK Sudhessh, he said “Every meeting need not be about an alliance. We wished Vijayakanth good health and long life and conveyed our leader’s best wished to him.”
Apart from DMDK, Puthiya Tamizhagam (PT) Party, Indhiya Jananayaka Katchi (IJK) and Tamil Manila Congress (TMC) could also be part of the AIADMK-led alliance.
Meanwhile. Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President Stalin slammed the alliance at a public meeting in Ambur. He said that the Ramadoss is only considered about the money and not the country. He recalled the defeat faced by PMK in 2009 where it had joined hands with AIADMK for the general elections.
Both DMK and PMK have stronghold in the North Tamil Nadu and it will be a tough battle for them. DMK and PMK had been in active talks for alliance even two days before the latter finally opted to go with AIADMK.