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'These are last polls against DMK'

None | ByIndo-Asian News Service, Chennai
Mar 29, 2006 10:49 PM IST

The AIADMK chief was hinting at disintegration of the Dravidian party after the elections.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday said that the May 8 Assembly elections would be the "last elections" in which there would be a face-off between her AIADMK party and the DMK.

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Responding to comments by media persons that the poll battle in Tamil Nadu would be, as always, between her party and the DMK, she said: "This is the last (assembly) elections in which we will face our traditional enemies."

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The AIADMK party general secretary was speaking during a function to release the party's poll manifesto in Chennai on Tuesday.

"There will be no situation where we will have to face our traditional rivals in elections any more," the AIADMK supremo said amid thunderous applause by her party supporters.

The AIADMK chief was hinting at disintegration of the Dravidian party after the elections. 

The DMK and its allies have projected the 82-year-old Karunanidhi as the chief ministerial candidate and will contest about 129 seats in the 234-member assembly. The party requires 118 seats to form the government without allies, which for the upcoming polls are the Congress and the PMK.

The AIADMK, led by the 58-year-old former actress, has allied with the charismatic Vaiko and his MDMK -- a breakaway group of the DMK -- and the Dalit Panthers of India.

The AIADMK, which was also formed after breaking away with the DMK, will contest more than 180 seats.

Appeasing party stalwarts not chosen to contest the polls, Jayalalitha told them "there will be other opportunities for you, do not be disconsolate".

The AIADMK manifesto promised 500,000 IT sector jobs in the state if the party was voted to power and also the linking of the state's two dozen rivers.

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