When the AIADMK is claiming it is making progress in talks with the DMDK, the latter rushed to join the DMK at the last moment. The DMK has however firmly shut its doors to the Vijayakanth-led party.
Chennai: With every passing day, politics in Tamil Nadu is taking a new turn. The latest being that the Vijayakanth-led DMDK ran back to the DMK seeking seats, in a bid to join their camp in the nick of time. However, the DMK confirmed that their doors are shut and there is no possibility of an alliance now as it is already too late.
The DMDK met with the DMK just hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Chennai on Wednesday. The DMDK had been mum despite several meetings with leaders of both the Dravidian parties.
The DMK had attempted to negotiate with the DMDK but the party had made it clear then that it was leaning towards the AIADMK alliance. This sudden change of mind has left both parties baffled, although DMK's spokesperson Saravanan told MyNation that he wasn't surprised at all.
"The DMDK is known for such things. This has been their practice for all these years. Now people are realising their true colours and that is reflected in their winning vote base," said Saravanan.
Speaking about DMDK's last minute change of mind, DMK's treasurer Duraimurugan said, "Vijayakant's brother-in-law Sudeesh called me and said he wants to come out of AIADMK and come to DMK. He requested for seats but I said our leader (MK Stalin) is not in town and we have no seats to give.”
DMK also stated that they had categorically asked the DMDK for an explanation on the delay and also why they were coming at a time when they were in talks with the AIADMK. "But their answer was not convincing," Saravanan added.
Soon after the failed attempt with the DMK, the DMDK somersaulted into saying that they had made progress with the AIADMK-BJP alliance. Party leader LK Sudeesh, who was closeted in a meeting with Union minister and BJP leader Piyush Goyal, claimed that the talks were progressing with the AIADMK.
DMDK's jump came at a time when just on Wednesday morning, Tamil Nadu's deputy chief minister O Pannerselvam had confirmed that the Vijayakanth-led party was on board with them.
Getting in a word from the DMDK was more than just difficult as the party is trying to brave the situation without speaking a word.
When MyNation got in touch with AIADMK leader KP Munuswamy, he refused to divulge anything and said, "Talks are going on. Nothing can be said as of now."
However, AIADMK has not even denied that the talks are ongoing. Reports suggest that the party would still offer the DMDK five seats, as decided earlier.
All eyes had been on the DMDK as people thronged to visit the ailing DMDK chief Vijayakanth. From Goyal to Panneerselvam to DMK's MK Stalin, everyone held talks with Vijayakanth.
The DMDK however, witnessed seat sharing talks amongst the AIADMK and its allies, and also the DMK and its allies.
The DMDK was earlier in talks with the DMK-Congress front, but could not agree on the number of seats. DMK leaders said they were unable to meet the demands of the DMDK of seven seats.
The DMK has given the Congress 10 seats and two seats each to the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party Of India (Marxist). One seat each has been given to the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), Indhiya Jananayaga Katchi (IJK), Kongunadu Makkal Desia Katchi (KMDK) and Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK).
Now, one can only wait and watch as more political developments are set to unfurl ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
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Last Updated 7, Mar 2019, 4:09 PM