IUML to Keep Bond Alive With DMK, Cong
A day after the DMK announced that it would not form an alliance with either the BJP or the Congress and would instead fight the elections with its existing allies, members of the Indian Union Muslim League met party patriarch M Karunanidhi and expressed their desire to continue their alliance with the Dravidian party.
IUML State president Khader Mohideen met Karunanidhi at his Gopalapuram residence and affirmed his party’s continuance in the DMK-led alliance.
He expressed appreciation and congratulated the octogenarian for his party’s decision to part ways with the Congress. He however defended the IUML’s continued alliance with the Congress in Kerala.
“We are in alliance with the Congress in Kerala. We have only decided our party’s allegiances at the State level, and not the national level. In Tamil Nadu, we were allies of the DMK yesterday, are so today and will be so tomorrow,” said Mohideen.
He expressed confidence that the DMK would not reconsider its present decision.
Speaking to reporters later in the day, Karunanidhi welcomed Mohideen’s comment that the DMK would lead a third front in Tamil Nadu.
He expressed his gratitude to TNCC president B S Gnanadesikan, who said on Monday that the DMK had not been part of the UPA for some months, claiming the comment justified the DMK’s decision.