COIMBATORE: DMDK chief Vijayakant on Friday dared the DMK to contest the forthcoming Assembly election on its own, without forming any alliance. He pointed out that the ruling AIADMK would be facing the election alone.
For its part, the DMDK is willing to contest the election without any alliance, Vijayakant said. He had criticised the DMK more than the AIADMK in the past elections as his aim was to finish off the two big parties one by one.
Vijayakant was at Palladam, near here, on Friday to attend the party's Makkalukaga Makkal Pani programme, where welfare assistance is distributed to the needy.
For the most part of his speech, Vijayakant refrained from talking about politics. He spoke of the importance of traditional medical systems like Siddha, Ayurveda and Unani, as event in Palladam focused on providing medical help to the public and free insurance to the contract workers of the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board.
Premalatha Vijayakant, who also addressed the gathering, introduced Sivakami on the stage as the party's women’s wing secretary, a post she was holding till now. Premalatha repeatedly referred to Vijayakant as ‘Chinna Gounder’ (name of one his films) in her address, as the meeting took place in the Kongu region.
She assured the people that education and healthcare would be made free if DMDK comes to power and highlighted regional issues like problems facing the dying units in Tirupur and release of water from the Thirumoorthy dam.
Premalatha also expressed her sorrow at the demise of the MDMK leader Vaiko's mother, Mariammal.