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Vaiko quits AIADMK alliance

Chennai, March 20(): A resolution passed at the meeting of MDMK district secretaries here said, “The arrogant attitude of AIADMK to its long-term ally and a meager offer of eight seats has hurt the sentiments of the party.We don’t want to sell our self-respect for the sake of a few seats and have decided that we will not contest the polls.”

Shortly after the MDMK’s decision, Jayalalithaa wrote a letter describing Vaiko as a “seasoned politician who is aware of the political situation”.

Her party’s inability to allot 21 seats as demanded by MDMK, was conveyed to it by the party’s election panel, comprising O Panneerselvam and KA Sengottaiyan.

MDMK said, AIADMK’s open invitation in 2006 to join its alliance was approved only after a majority of the party supported it.

The MDMK resolution said, the party had stood by its senior ally, when the latter had decided to field its own candidate for the 2009 Tirumangalam bypolls, seen as a test of DMK strongman MK Alagiri’s organizational skill versus AIADMK.

MDMK legislator Veera Elevarasan’s death had necessitated the bypolls and the party had wanted its candidate to take on DMK. It had also toed AIADMK line.

Reacting to MDMK’s decision of not contesting in Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, Union Minister and DMK leader M K Alagiri today said, the party’s leader Vaiko had “in the last minute” understood the “egoistic nature” of AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa.

“It is not MDMK which has boycotted the elections, but AIADMK which has boycotted MDMK,” Alagiri, who is Chief Minister M Karunanidhi’s elder son and DMK’s Organising Secretary (South Zone) told reporters here.

Alagiri claimed that the DMK’s election manifesto released yesterday, had been welcomed by people and said the party-led alliance would win all the seats.

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