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Finally Vijayakanth party succumbs, seals poll deal with AIADMK

The DMDK had negotiations even with the DMK for some time, insisting that it be placed on a par with the PMK, which was allotted seven Parliamentary seats and a Rajya Sabha berth last month


The drama is finally over. After much dilly-dallying and speculations for over three weeks, the AIADMK on Sunday night finally sealed a pact with the Vijayakant-led DMDK for the Lok Sabha polls, allotting it four seats in the ruling party-led alliance.

The DMDK had negotiations even with the DMK for some time, insisting that it be placed on a par with the PMK, which was allotted seven Parliamentary seats and a Rajya Sabha berth last month.

However, the AIADMK did not budge from its initial offer of four seats, and eventually, actor Vijayalaknth- led DMDK came down on its knees and accepted the crumbs thrown by the ruling party with the threat of being left alone loomng large.

The leaders of the two parties signed the agreement, mutually praising each other. The DMDK will also extend its support to the AIADMK in the byelections to the 18 Assembly constituencies.

The agreement was signed by AIADMK co-coordinator and Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and DMDK founder Vijayakant in the presence of AIADMK coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam and other cabinet colleagues. The once popular hero of Tamil screen Vijayakanth is unwell and much of the talks were done by his wife and party treasurer Premalatha and deputy general secretary and her brother L.K. Sudheesh.

“It is an alliance with emotional bonding,”  Panneerselvam told the media.

Expressing happiness over the numbers, Premalatha said the AIADMK and the DMDK were “natural allies” and would sail together smoothly.

“Numbers do not matter. What is important is thinking on the same lines. This alliance has been hogging the limelight for the last 15 days,” she said, claiming that her interaction with the media two days ago was “manipulated” to give a different impression.

“ The AIADMK and the DMDK always make a successful alliance is explained by the victory achieved by the two parties in the 2011 Assembly polls. Puratchi Thalaivi (late Jayalalithaa) and Captain (Vijayakant) together formed the winnable alliance and this alliance will also prove that tomorrow is ours and forty seats are also ours. We will make a crowning achievement,” she said.

She also said there was no pre-condition from the AIADMK and the DMDK had agreed to support the ruling party in the Assembly by-polls. “We will support the government and the alliance will also continue in the local body polls,” she said.