Vaiko may leave Jaya front over seat division
A longtime ally of the AIADMK, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) chief Vaiko is miffed with J Jayalalithaa's meagre offer of 12 seats and may opt out of the front led by her.india Updated: Mar 15, 2011 23:47 IST
A longtime ally of the AIADMK, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) chief Vaiko is miffed with J Jayalalithaa's meagre offer of 12 seats and may opt out of the front led by her.
MDMK was allotted 35 seats by Jayalalithaa in the 2006 assembly polls and had won just six of them. More trouble for him was that three of his MLAs defected to M Karunanidhi's DMK, which considerably reduced his bargaining strength.
After keeping him hanging for over a month, the AIADMK supremo had first closed a deal with actor Vijayakanth-led DMDK and gave him 41 seats, making him the biggest ally in the 14-party rainbow front. The Left parties, which had quit the DMK formation to side with the AIADMK, were allotted 22 seats.
Upset with the offer of just 10 seats, Vaiko though would want to continue with the AIADMK, but the cadres are extremely angry over the 'indifferent' attitude of Jayalalithaa.
Sources close to Vaiko said on Tuesday that the leader was not averse to walk out of the alliance if the offer was not bettered. While the MDMK is demanding at least 20 seats, AIADMK supremo is unwilling to give it more than 12.
Senior MDMK leaders are set to meet on Saturday to decide on the future course of action.