After AIADMK’s poll partner DMDK decided to sit out and offer ‘constructive opposition’ in the Tamil Nadu assembly last week, the AIADMK on Thursday declared to do the same in Puducherry, after being “betrayed” by the All India NR Congress.
DMDK chief actor Vijayakanth was unhappy over pre-poll seat allocation, while the AIADMK’s grouse is that AINRC chief N Rangaswamy roped in the lone independent MLA to form the government, leaving its alliance partner out in the cold.
Charging him with betrayal, AIADMK chief and Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa snapped ties with Rangaswamy on Thursday. Condemning his attitude, the AIADMK supremo said her party would function as a “constructive opposition” in Puducherry.
The AIADMK-AINRC became the shortest-lived pre-poll alliance after Rangaswamy decided to form the government on his own. Whats more, he did not even bother to congratulate Jayalalithaa after she became the chief minister, winning 150 seats on her own.
In a statement issued in Chennai, Jayalalithaa said, “Prior to the polls, Rangaswamy said the Congress had betrayed him. Now he has done the same thing to the AIADMK.” Jayalalithaa had also campaigned for the alliance in Puducherry.
Jayalalithaa is upset that the AINRC issued a statement that it would form the government on its own.
The AINRC-AIADMK won 15 and five seats each in the April 13 polls to the 30-member Puducherry assembly. The AINRC contested 17 seats, out of which it won 15. This includes the two seats Rangaswamy contested and won.
The rival Congress-DMK camp won seven and two seats, respectively, and one seat went to an independent.
Jayalalithaa said Rangaswamy violated the coalition dharma by forming the government with the support of the independent who contested against an AIADMK candidate. Neither Rangaswamy nor his party leaders were available for comment.