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Tamil Nadu Congress rules out alliance with Dhinakaran after latter’s olive branch

The Congress said its alliance with DMK in Tamil Nadu is going strong.

tamil nadu Updated: Aug 04, 2018 17:32 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam,TTV Dhinakaran,Congress
Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam leader TTV Dhinakaran had earlier said he might consider an alliance with the Congress if it left the DMK.(PTI/File Photo)

Days after Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam leader TTV Dhinakaran said his party would consider aligning with the Congress if it walked out of the DMK-led alliance, the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) on Saturday ruled out any such possibility.

“Dhinakaran has expressed his view. We are already in an alliance with the DMK,” TNCC president Su Thirunavukkarasar told PTI when asked about Dhinakaran’s views.

On August 2, Dhinakaran to a query if his party would go for an electoral pact with the Congress, had said AMMK would consider it if the national party came out of the alliance with the DMK. “Let them first come out of the alliance, then we would consider it,” he had said.

Three-time Congress MLA and former Rajya Sabha member S Peter Alphonse concurred with the party state unit chief and said such matters were, however, in the domain of the party high command. “My view is, I don’t think there is any space for any other alliance at present.”

He said the alliance with the DMK is “active, strong, time-tested and proven”. Through thick and thick both the parties had sailed together, he said. “We know each other’s indispensability.”

First Published: Aug 04, 2018 17:32 IST