Expelled DMDK MLA and former propaganda secretary Chandrakumar on Wednesday said the rebellion will grow stronger and stepped up the ante by levelling allegations and questioning Vijayakanth’s sudden switch to the People’s Welfare Front (PWF).
Chandrakumar also openly insinuated that bribery was the main reason behind the alliance, which surprised several analysts. He said that “I have reasons to believe that Jayalalithaa had given Rs 1500 crore to Vaiko.”
PWF chief Vaiko on Wednesday denied that he has received any money from anyone in AIADMK. “I have not taken any money. The reports are not true,” he said responding to questions from media persons in Chennai, refusing to comment any further on the matter
Earlier last week, Vaiko had walked out of a television studio the moment the anchor began to question him about money allegations.
Continuing his attack on Vijayakanth, Chandrakumar said “we do not know why all of a sudden Captain Vijayakanth went over to the PWF when most of the cadres and party leaders wanted to join a strong party – the DMK, which would have helped us achieve the objective to dislodge Jayalalithaa.”
His decision will ironically only help the AIADMK in the elections, Chandrakumar said, warning that more disgruntled DMDK leaders would speak out against the alliance in the coming days.
S Parthasarathy, a DMDK worker, dismissed the rebellion as one of no consequence “as it is Vijayakanth who made them leaders and MLAs. They will be taught a lesson by the people.”
“By tying up with the PWF, Captain Vijayakanth has damaged his party in this elections and reduced its bargaining power for the next,” said Prof S Janakarajan, professorial consultant with Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS).
Choosing to ally with the PWF may prove to be Vijayakanth’s biggest mistake, Janakarajan added. “The more the opposition vote gets divided, the more Amma benefits. And this has been ensured with the presence of PMK as one entity and the BJP that is fighting on its own this time.”
Chandrakumar had also insinuated that Vijayakanth’s wife Premalata was the one calling the shots and it was she who initiated talks with the PWF.