Chennai, Sept 27 (): DMDK and CPM formally announced ties for civic poll. CPI is still talking to AIADMK. The Vijayakanth-led DMDK today formally made an announcement on its alliance with the CPI (M) for the 17-19 October local body polls. As part of the arrangement between the two parties, the latter will contest in 2 cities, 25 municipalities, and 61 town panchayats.
Announcing this to reporters here, DMDK president Vijayakanth said Vellore and Coimbatore Corporations have been allotted to the Left party.
The Municipalities that CPI(M) would contest were Kovilpatti, Palani, Chidambaram, Cuddalore, Jayamkondam, Nelliyalam, Thuvakudi, Sivagangai, Anakaputhur, Kuzhuthurai, Padmanabhapuram, Colachel, Thiruvallur, Thiruthuraipoondi, Pattukottai, Puliankudi, Cumbum, Periyakulam, Pudukottai, Rameswaram, Mayiladuthurai, Thirumangalam, Sathur, Sathyamangalam and Gudiyatham.
He said his party would start its campaigning from this evening. Asked about coming out of the AIADMK alliance, the actor-politician said he would talk about it during the campaign. The talks between the CPI and the AIADMK could not progress as the ruling party was not ready to part with any of the nine Municipal Corporations going to the polls.
The CPI (M) on Saturday released its first list of candidates and the second list on Sunday. The party’s State committee will further assess the political situation arising out of the new developments.
After the initial reluctance, the DMK decided to field ex-minister KN Nehru, as it became clear that the DMDK would be pushed out of the AIADMK front. The calculation of the DMK leadership had proved right, as the DMDK was no more an ally of the AIADMK.
The Left parties breaking away from the AIADMK alliance was an added bonus to the DMK, which could hope to give a tough fight to the ruling party, which had pitted former MLA Paranjothi in the seat.
The AIADMK with the support of the DMDK and Left parties, won by a margin of 7,000 votes during the 2011 elections. The DMDK polled over 14,000 votes on its own when it contested alone in 2006 Assembly elections in Tiruchy II, from which Tiruchy West was carved out and the Communist parties too have a presence in the constituency.