CHENNAI: Apparently rattled over the challenge posed by the People’s Welfare Alliance (PWA), which threatens to gain strength by adding actor Vijayakant’s to its fold, the DMK on Monday took four of MDMK’s district secretaries into its fold from the party general secretary Vaiko’s own den of Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi.
The four district secretaries included S Joel, who contested the 2014 Parliament elections and secured 19.87 per cent votes in Thoothukudi constituency. The other district secretaries are Saravanan, Perumal and Thillai Selvam.
According to MDMK functionaries, people in Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi and Kanyakumari vote for Vaiko and not for the functionaries at the district level. The DMK’s continuous attempt to weaken the MDMK justified Vaiko’s stand of not aligning with the DMK. The cadres who are furious would teach a fitting lesson to the DMK in the polls, one of the functionaries said.
He further said MDMK leader Vaiko is co-ordinating the activities of the PWA, which has become a major stumbling block for the DMK to form a mega alliance for the forthcoming Assembly elections. The party and its supporters are keen to break the PWA as even DMDK leader Vijayakant has expressed his keenness to join it. The DMK is afraid that such a formation is likely to split the anti-AIADMK votes and even push the DMK to the third place, he asserted.
MDMK treasurer R Masilamani and two other district secretaries Thamaraikannan and ‘Palavakkam’ Somu defected to the DMK, a few months ago.