Angered by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK’s) hijacking of more than forty posts reserved for it in the local body elections, the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), a constituent of the minority government in Tamil Nadu, has clarified that henceforth it would only extend issue-based support to the minority government in the state.
The PMK has 18 MLAs in the state assembly. The party’s threat is unlikely to affect the DMK government since it enjoys unconditional support of other allies, including the Congress, the CPI(M) and the Communist Party of India. The DMK has only 96 MLAs in the 234-member House. All the allies have extended outside support to its 31-member government.
PMK leader S. Ramadoss described the DMK’s act of tripping his party’s candidates who were to be elected as chairmen of municipalities and Panchayat Unions as an “unabashed act of betrayal”. Later, addressing a press conference, Ramadoss said he has no plans to withdraw support to Karunanidhi government.
Having been an ally of both the rival Tamil Nadu parties — the DMK as well as the AIADMK at one point or the other — Ramadoss had some interesting observations to share. “We fought two elections with the AIADMK. Except its leaders, Jayalalithaa and Sasikala, all other party leaders are good. In the DMK, it is the other way round. Only Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and party general secretary K. Anbazhagan are good,” he said.
Ramadoss alleged that several second-rung DMK leaders openly worked against the PMK in the civic elections. He brushed aside Karunanidhi’s claim that these were “odd instances”. He said, “Being back-stabbed in more than 40 places are not odd instances.