VCK reluctantly settles for 6 seats in DMK coalition, says uniting against ‘Sanatana forces’ is more important

The DMK has so far  allotted 6 seats to VCK, 3 seats to All India Union Muslim League and 2 seats to Manithaneya Makkal Katchi, even as its talks for a deal with Congress still remain inconclusive

By Moyurie Som | March 04, 2021

Chennai: MP and founder of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), Thol. Thirumavalavan, sealed their alliance with the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) at Anna Arivalayam on Thursday, accepting DMK’s allotment of six constituencies for the upcoming Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu.

At a press meet outside the DMK headquarters on Thursday Thirumavalavan said, “We have decided to contest in six constituencies. VCK members initially protested against this but considering the political situation and the future of Tamil Nadu, we understood that continuing with DMK is important. We also want to completely curb the victory of Sanatana forces.”

In earlier negotiations, VCK had pushed for 10 seats, but on Thursday, they sealed the deal with the DMK offering them only six constituencies.

According to Thirumavalavan, the secular forces would have to unite against the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) in order to establish an anti-caste and anti-Sanatana government in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. ‘Sanatana forces’ include BJP, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Sangh Parivar.

“In the absence of DMK president Kalaignar Karunanidhi and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa, the saffron camp is planning to wipe out both the Dravidian parties and are encouraging anti-secular forces to destroy this land of social justice,” the VCK party chief added.

DMK leader Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin leaving the party headquarters after signing the alliance deal with Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi on Thursday. Credits: Moyurie Som
DMK leader Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin leaving the party headquarters after signing the alliance deal with Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi on Thursday. Credits: Moyurie Som

This agreement comes two days after DMK sealed its alliance with the All India Union Muslim League and Manithaneya Makkal Katchi, allocating three seats and two seats to each, respectively.

DMK-Congress stalemate over seat-sharing

Meanwhile, the seat-sharing talks between DMK and the Congress have reached a stalemate, with the latter demanding over 30 seats and the former unwilling to allot more than 18.

Despite rumours of growing dissatisfaction between the two parties, the national spokesperson of the DMK, Manuraj Shammugasundaram, said, “The seat-sharing talks are ongoing in a smooth manner and we expect them to be concluded in a couple of days.”

Speaking on whether the Congress-DMK alliance might fall through, Shammugasundaram added that the chances of that are slim.

Addressing reporters outside Anna Arivalayam today, VCK chief Thirumavalavan confirmed that his party will be contesting the upcoming elections using their individual symbol.

VCK chief Thol. Thirumavalavan addressing the press outside DMK headquarters on Thursday after signing the alliance deal with the DMK. Credits: Moyurie Som
VCK chief Thol. Thirumavalavan addressing the press outside DMK headquarters on Thursday after signing the alliance deal with the DMK. Credits: Moyurie Som

When VCK joined the DMK alliance in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Thirumavalavan contested on the independent poll symbol and won narrowly, while VCK’s Ravikumar won by a much greater margin when contesting on the DMK’s symbol.

Regarding expelled AIDMK chief VK Sasikala’s decision to step down from Tamil Nadu politics, Thirumavalavan commented that he was unsure whether it was her own decision or BJP’s threats that made her quit politics.