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PMK exudes hope of Karunanidhi becoming TN CM again

PMK today exuded hope that DMK alliance, of which it is a constituent, will win the Tamil Nadu assembly polls, counting of which is due on May 13, and M Karunanidhi will become the chief minister for the sixth time.

india Updated: May 13, 2011 12:27 IST

PMK on Saturday exuded hope that DMK alliance, of which it is a constituent, will win the Tamil Nadu assembly polls, counting of which is due on May 13, and M Karunanidhi will become the chief minister for the sixth time.

PMK founder S Ramadoss was talking to reporters after meeting Karunanidhi at his Gopalapuram residence.

PMK president GK Mani and former minister of state for Railways AK Moorthy were also part of the "courtesy call".

The party had contested 31 seats in the assembly polls held on April 13.

PMK was part of the DMK-led Democratic Progressive Alliance in the 2006 assembly elections. PMK had then won 18 of the 31 seats contested by it. The two parties have had a difficult relationship after PMK parted ways with DMK and contested the 2009 Lok Sabha elections as an ally of AIADMK, however, it drew a blank.

As the 2011 assembly elections were nearing, Ramadoss send confusing signals to DMK. On January, when Karunanidhi said PMK was with him, Ramadoss criticised the DMK leader for unilaterally making the announcement. Karunanidhi hit back, saying his doors were closed on PMK. The final patch-up came after Ramadoss' son and former health minister in UPA-I Anbumani Ramadoss met Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on February.

After its formation in 1989, PMK contested four elections on its own, winning just one seat in the 1991 assembly and four in 1996. Since then, the party had alternated between the two Dravidian parties as allies.