DMK to Play the Waiting Game on DMDK Pact - The New Indian Express

DMK to Play the Waiting Game on DMDK Pact

Published: 17th January 2014 07:59 AM

Last Updated: 17th January 2014 07:59 AM

With the election to six Rajya Sabha seats from Tamil Nadu to be held on February 7, the DMK has said it is content to play a watching game and ensure it does not have to cede political ground to truant allies. The party is no mood to handle the DMDK with kid gloves, and would rather wait for the DMDK to come to it, than reach out.

With four confirmed, albeit small, allies in its stables, the DMK can assuredly win one Rajya Sabha seat, without the DMDK’s support. But the idea is to now build an alliance for the Rajya Sabha election that would remain unchanged for the Lok Sabha polls. “We have not sent out feelers to them. We have not had informal discussions with them. We have not sent any emissary to them. And, we have not made any offers to them. We want the DMDK to come to us for an alliance,” said a senior DMK leader.

“During the last Rajya Sabha election, we had sent word to them saying we could work together to take one Rajya Sabha each from the 2013 and 2014 elections. But we did not even received a phone call in response,” the party senior added.

“The elections for the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha are coming close to each other. It is unlikely there will be any new entrants into our alliance after the Rajya Sabha polls. So, whatever has to be worked out has to be worked out now,” said the senior leader. He also said the DMK was waiting to see the outcome of the DMDK state conference scheduled for February 2.

The restraint being shown by the DMK high command seems to be going down well with the rank and file of the party, which have for years had to reluctantly agree with the high command’s decision to continue its association with the Congress.

The DMK’s present allies are Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, Puthiya Thamizhagam, Indian Union Muslim league and Manithaneya Makkal Katchi.

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