A fretting and fuming Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam(DMDK) general secretary Premalatha Vijayakanth blamed the AIADMK for the delay in finalising an alliance for the coming Lok Sabha elections which led to her party missing the campaign meeting addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi a couple of days ago.
She, however, said the alliance with the AIADMK-BJP front would be formalised in a day in a two. Facing a hostile media at her party office, a pugnacious Premalatha said the whole confusion arose because the AIADMK, which led the BJP alliance, held talks in stages with various potential allies and came to her party after allotting seven seats to the PMK.
“Till then, we were in talks with the BJP”, she said. The confusion would not have arisen if the BJP led the alliance as the election was the Lok Sabha to seek a second term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Instead BJP allowed the AIADMK lead. At least, this delay could have been avoided if simultaneous negotiations were held with all parties
In a veiled warning to the AIADMK, Premalatha said “we have shown before that we are not afraid to go it alone”. She asked:”What good have 37 AIADMK MPs have done to Tamil Nadu?”
When it was pointed that Vijayakanth was also playing hard to get, she said “when you are looking for a groom for your bride, you may get many proposals”.
Applying the same logic, she justified the DMDK’s simultaneous talks with both the DMK and the AIADMK. She said it was DMK president M K Stalin who called on ailing founder leader Vijayakanth and broached the subject. Justifying the last-minute meeting her party’s two district secretaries had with DMK treasurer Durai Murugan after the AIADMK offered four seats, she said the DMK exploited the situation to show the DMDK in poor light.
Premalatha did not spare the news hungry media either and told them “you cannot bustle us into a decision by hanging around our office”.
She said:” In a day or two we will give full details of the number of seats, the constituencies and also whether our leader Vijayakanth campaign”.
The DMK played down the whole episode, Talking to reporters in Anna Arivalayam in the presence of Durai Murugan, party president M K Stalin said,” our treasurer has already told you what happened at the meeting DMDK functionaries had with him and I do not want to dwell further and stoop to their level”.
Durai Murugan also shrugged off a demonstration by a handful of DMDK men and women outside his residence in Katpadi on Friday.