The Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam(DMDK) of actor Vijayakanth, which tried to bargain with both the kazhagams to get more seats, found itself on the wrong foot and left out in the cold on Wednesday as the AIADMK made a “take or leave” offer of four seats for the Lok Sabha elections and the DMK, on whose doors it knocked, said “Sorry, no vacancy”.
Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam deputy general secretary Sudeesh on Wednesday rushed to the DMK for more seats in a last- minute move, after the AIADMK offered just four, far less than seven its founder leader and actor Vijayakanth asked for.
Following pressure from district secretaries against the AIADMK offer, Sudeesh sent two party functionaries to meet DMK senior leader Durai Murugan who however told them it was too late as his party had already allocated seats to its allies.
Snubbed by both the parties, Sudesh met BJP leader and Tamil Nadu-in- charge Piyush Goyal at his airport hotel and told him to wait for a day or two to finalise the alliance. As a result, the DMDK could not attend the election meeting addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in suburban Vandalur while the AIADMK presented ‘offers’ to all other allies like the PMK and the Puthiya Tamizhagam.
Talking to reporters at the hotel after a brief meeting with Goyal, a grim faced Sudeesh denied that he had held simultaneous talks with both the AIADMK and the DMK. Durai Murugan, however, said he called Sudeesh and ascertained whether his emissaries were authorised by Vijayakanth.
Sudeesh said DMDK was in favour of alliance with BJP, but it was upset after the AIADMK offered seven seats to the PMK. He said met Piyush Goyal on his invitation.
Durai Murugan said when the two functionaries, DMDK’s former MLA Murugesan and another called him, “I told them the DMK is keeping only 20 seats out of 39 seats from Tamil Nadu and we cannot ask seats allotted to other allies at this stage.” He said:” I told them only my leader( party president M K Stalin) can take a decision”.
Durai Murugan also noted that Sudeesh after speaking to him on telephone met Goyal and denied it.” How can we trust such a party when its leaders indulge in double speak like this”, he asked.
The DMDK which dragged its feet for nearly a week now was forced to take a call as the AIADMK wanted to finalise the alliance before Modi launched the campaign in Chennai.
Along with giant cutout of AIADMK leaders MGR and Jayalalitha as well as present leaders Edappadi K Palanisami and O Pannerselvam, the AIADMK organisers kept scaffolding ready to put up a Vijayakanth cutout. Hurriedly DMDK flags were removed along the route and at the meeting venue.
Patali Makkal Katchi(PMK) founder leader S Ramadoss and his son Anbumani as well as NR Congress leader Rangaswamy of Puducherry as well as A C Shanmugham of Puthiya Needhi Katchi shared the dais with Modi, Palanisami and Pannerselvam.