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It is splitsville between BJP and PMK

Chennai, Mar 17 (): BJP will finally go with DMDK and other allies as PMK has unilaterally decided that it will not withdraw the candidates in three seats. These seats have been given to DMDK. The announcement was made late evening by Ramodoss, founder of PMK at a public meeting to introduce his son Anbumani as the party’s Dharmapuri candidate.

Ex-Union Minister Anbumani Ramadoss is entering the electoral fray for the first time. Last time he got in through RS route. Ramadoss told Arul who was on stage that there was no change in his candidature from Salem. DMDK has been given this seat. He then dropped another bomb saying not only Salem, PMK will field Attur Shanmugam in Kallakurichi and Ediroli Mani in Tiruvannamalai constituencies, both given to DMDK.

There were neither BJP flags at the PMK meeting nor did he talk about Modi. Yesterday, Vijayakanth too was in Dharmapuri on a campaign trail which had BJP and MDMK flags and he spoke of having an honest Modi as PM. Sources say that Vijayakanth knew that PMK would not come on board as he told the gathering that he will come again to canvass for the candidate after the official list is out and never mentioned Anbumani’s name.

Now, the BJP would have to rework its seat-sharing with its other allies, perhaps giving more seats to DMDK and MDMK and keeping some seats to itself. BJP is facing dissent from within as leaders say that it should have gone in with the strength that Modi will form the ministry and the allies can be part of it.

Instead, BJP running behind DMDK and other parties and even giving up seats where it can win made it look as if it has no cadres. The party leaders say that the final picture that has evolved is it is a DMDK-led front and BJP a minor partner in it.

Saffron party leaders say that opinion polls did not give much weightage to DMDK and inspite of this, a relatively green horn sat at the negotiation table and could not counter the well-laid plan of DMDK.