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DMDK on its own, Vijaykanth says no alliance


Meenakshi Mahadevan,Rajaram,CNN-IBN
Mar 23, 2009 at 03:01pm IST

New Delhi: While other parties may be busy forming or undoing alliances, Tamil Nadu’s DMDK Chief Vijayakanth has decided to contest the elections all alone.

Despite efforts made by both Congress and the AIDMK, Vijayakanth has said no to allies.

The Congress party was trying to woo Vijayakanth into their alliance with the DMK.

Reports suggest that even AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa wanted Vijayakanth on her side despite their rivalry.

After weeks and months of deliberation, Vijayakanth seems to have decided to go it alone once again.

“Should I go with the DMK, or the AIDMK or with the congress? If you don't want me to go with anyone, will you vote for the candidate I point out to?” asked the actor-politician of his vote bank.

Vijaykanth’s party contested the last assembly elections all alone and won a voteshare of 8.3 per cent.

It emerged as the fourth largest force in Tamil Nadu after DMK, AIDMK and the Congress. But in those elections, he came back with only one MLA. Several political observers have pointed out that Vijaykanth's party will have to convert its votes into seats for its own political survival and that’s exactly why the actor has been looking for an ally.

“I will not leave this state until I make all you people live happily,” he promised his people.

Vijayakanth has started his election campaign while all the political parties in Tamil Nadu are still guessing which way the DMK would go.

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