In a twist to the alliance saga playing out in Tamil Nadu, DMDK president Vijayakant on Sunday indicated that the party may go it alone in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.
Both the DMK and the BJP have been trying their best to get DMDK into their alliance. A series of meetings between the parties took place over the last two months, leading to speculation that ‘Captain’ may ally with either of the party.
While this is so, at the anti-corruption conference at Ulundurpet, Vijayakant sought the opinion of the crowd on whether the party should go it alone or be part of an alliance at the hustings. “The state of parties in Tamil Nadu is such that most of you are saying you want us to contest alone and need not have an alliance,” he pointed out after the boisterous crowd of supporters expressed their approval for the party to face the elections on its own.
However, ‘Captain’ immediately added a rider that the partymen were such they would agree even if the leadership chose to get into an alliance.
During his 70-minute speech, Vijayakant took on almost all political parties in the State. While he directly accused the DMK and the AIADMK of encouraging corruption, he took a dig at the PMK and the BJP indirectly, stating that no longer could anyone indulge in politics in the State in the name of caste and religion. “Those parties who speak of caste and religion, I am asking you, have you ever done anything good for the people of your caste or religion?” he said.
In fact, in an indication that it may have ruled out an alliance with the DMK, the conference saw DMDK leaders, including Vijayakant and his wife Premalatha, criticising it for its role in the 2G scam.