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DMDK rebel MLAs break away and form new party, PDMDK

Members of Vijayakanth’s DMDK party who were unhappy with the decision to ally with the People’s Welfare Front (PWF) to contest the upcoming elections formed a new party on Sunday.

assembly elections Updated: Apr 10, 2016 15:41 IST
Rebel DMDK MLAs addressing a press conference in Chennai. The splinter faction have broken away and formed their own party, the PDMDK.
Rebel DMDK MLAs addressing a press conference in Chennai. The splinter faction have broken away and formed their own party, the PDMDK.(V Srinivasulu/ HT Photo)

Members of Vijayakanth’s DMDK party who were unhappy with the decision to ally with the People’s Welfare Front (PWF) to contest the upcoming elections formed a new party on Sunday.

The new party, which has been named the People Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (PDMDK) will be headed by MLA VC Chandrakumar.

In a setback for actor-turned-politician Vijayakanth, 10 district secretaries and five lawmakers of the party had earlier said aligning with the PWF the upcoming state elections in Tamil Nadu was a decision that would end up benefitting CM Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK.

The DMDK’s former propaganda secretary and lawmaker Chandrakumar had said that the decision was taken without consulting officer bearers and party cadre.

Tamil Nadu will vote in a single phase on May 16 while the results will be announced on May 19.

Tamil Nadu has 234 assembly seats. In the 2011 assembly elections, AIADMK had won 150 seats, while the DMDK and DMK won 29 and 23 respectively.