Angry allies on Thursday talked of forging a third front in the wake of ADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa unilaterally announcing a 160-candidate list for the 234-member assembly.
Rattled by the allies’ reaction, Jayalalithaa cancelled her Friday election tour to Madurai and sent two of her senior colleagues to talk to the Left leaders. ADMK sources said she was agreeable to shift a few of her candidates from the constituencies held by the CPM and CPI and open to discussing Vijayakanth’s wishlist.
Earlier, however, the ADMK had agreed to sharing 74 seats with 10 parties — DMDK (41), CPM (12), CPI (10), MNMK (3), PT (2), SMK (2) and Republican Party of India (1), All India Forward Bloc (1), Kongu Youth Federation (1) and AIMMK (1).
But even as seat identification talks were on, she announced her list, leading the allies into thinking of breaking away.
The news was greeted with extreme anger by Vijayakanth-led DMDK supporters, who burnt an effigy of Jayalalithaa at their party headquarters, where the leaders from the Left parties and MDMK chief Vaiko had gathered to discuss their next course of action.
Vijayakanth, however, told mediapersons that he would not take a decision in haste and would talk to all leaders and see if an understanding with the AIADMK could still be reached.
In a related development, the M Karunanidhi-led DMK too released a list of 119 candidates that included 58 new faces and 11 of them women.