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DMK moves from 'strength to strength’, says karunanidhi

Congress leaders were involved in hectic parleys in Delhi on Tuesday to break the stalemate over PMK’s re-entry into the DMK-Congress front in Tamil Nadu for the Lok Sabha polls. MR Venkatesh reports.

india Updated: Mar 18, 2009 02:00 IST
MR Venkatesh
MR Venkatesh
Hindustan Times

In an amazing return to the campaign mode after his recent serious spinal surgery, the DMK President, Mr. M. Karunanidhi asserted that his party moved from “strength to strength”, even as Congress leaders are involved in hectic parleys in Delhi today to break the stalemate over PMK’s re-entry into the DMK-Congress front in Tamil Nadu for the Lok Sabha polls.

Sending a vital message to his party cadres and alliance party leaders that his slow post-surgical recovery did not stand in the way of poll-battle enthusiasm, the 84-year-old DMK patriarch said here this evening he was now more optimistic of “victories upon victories” with two rebel MPs’ of the MDMK, rejoining the parent body, the DMK.

Mr. Karunanidhi was speaking here this evening at a function in which the two rebel MDMK MPs’- Mr. L Ganesan and ‘Ginjee’ Ramachandran, who had voted for the Congress in the last July confidence vote in Parliament defying the MDMK party whip-, returned to the DMK-fold with a sizeable number of their followers, particularly from the OBC-Vanniyars dominated erstwhile composite South Arcot District, the PMK’s turf. The other senior MDMK leader, Mr.M.Kannappan will also re-join the DMK on March 23 with his supporters from the Western Coimbatore district, disclosed Karunanidhi.

Meanwhile, sources in the DMK told HT in Chennai on Tuesday night that the party was waiting for the PMK’s response to the seat-sharing proposal that was discussed here two days back between the DMK’s Youth Wing leader, M.K. Stalin, and the PMK President, Mr GK Mani, following senior Congress leader, Mr. Gulam Nabi Azad’s advice to PMK from Delhi.

The PMK has sought 8 Lok Sabha seats in the State plus an assurance of a Rajya Sabha (RS) berth for the PMK founder-leader’s son and Union Health Minister in the UPA Government, Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss, when his upper house term ends in 2010. The DMK on its part is sticking to PMK’s 2004-level of 6 seats plus the RS seat.

With the TNCC keen to have both PMK and Vijayakant’s DMDK on board the DMK-led alliance, sources said that State Congress Legislature Party leader, Mr D Sudarshanam was in Delhi , mediating between Mr. Azad and the PMK functionaries to hammer out a seat-sharing arrangement. The other senior Congress leader from Tamil Nadu, Mr. GK Vasan, was working on actor Vijayakant, sources said, adding, the Congress was still hopeful of including both these parties in the DMK-led front.

First Published: Mar 18, 2009 01:57 IST