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Actor Vijayakanth’s DMDK quits AIADMK-BJP alliance ahead of TN Assembly polls

By Priyanka Verma 
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Actor-turned-politician Vijayakanth’s DMDK has formally pulled out of the AIADMK-BJP alliance in Tamil Nadu after seat-sharing talks failed on Tuesday. DMDK chief Vijayakant said, “In the upcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly elections 2021, DMDK held talks with AIADMK in three sittings. The AIADMK refused to allot the requested numbers of the seats and the demanded seats. So as the negotiations did not reach a desired conclusion and since all of DMDK district secretaries reached a decision, DMDK has decided to quit AIADMK and DMDK alliance from March 9.”

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However, the DMDK chief has not revealed the party’s next course of action and it is not yet known if the party will join another alliance or face the polls alone.

The AIADMK had reportedly offered Vijayakanth’s DMDK 15 Assembly seats in the April 6 elections on Monday.

However, the DMDK has been demanding at least 23 seats, the same number allotted to Ramadoss’ PMK. The DMDK had originally demanded 41 seats when seat-sharing talks began with the AIADMK. But had to scale down their demand when negotiations stalled.

Vijayakanth’s brother-in-law LK Sudhish had last week hinted at contesting the Assembly elections alone. He had taken to social media to say, “Our Chief Minister Vijayakant, our symbol Murasu and our flag is DMDK party flag”.

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The DMDK which had managed to secure 7.8% vote share in 2011, saw that number dipping to 2.4% in 2016. The party had in fact polled less than the BJP which had managed to secure 2,8% votes in 2016. Sources in the AIADMK say that the DMDK was still asking for more seats than the BJP. The AIADMK had allotted 20 seats for the BJP.

The DMDK had in 2016 contested along with the Makkal Nala Kootani or the People’s Welfare Front (PWF), which comprised the VCK, Left parties and the MDMK. However, the alliance failed to win a single seat and collapsed soon after the polls.

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