After Rahul’s elevation, Congress to push for alliance with DMDK?
By Sruthisagar Yamunan - CHENNAI
22nd January 2013 07:36 AM
With Rahul Gandhi at the helm of affairs in the Congress as its vice president, there is a likelihood of the party going in for an alliance with the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Rahul had evinced keen interest in such an alliance when a Youth Congress (YC) delegation from Tamil Nadu met him in New Delhi a few months back. According to a member of the delegation, Rahul enquired about actor Vijayakant, his party and the possibility of an alliance with the party during the short discussion. “He asked pointed questions about the growth of the DMDK and the personality of its leader Vijayakant and we told him that it is the best option for the Congress,” the YC functionary told Express.
That the Congress high command had already sounded out a possible tie-up with the DMDK was confirmed by some senior Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) leaders, who also feel that they would be able to present a new-look Congress-led coalition to the voters if that happened.
Since Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has made it clear that the AIADMK would go it alone, even the DMDK could be looking for an electoral partner when the elections come.
Pointing out that Vijayakant too had been mild in his criticism of the UPA government while going hammer and tongs against the other parties in the state, a TNCC leader said: “We also need to prepare a situation in which the DMK too could decide to face the hustings with or without us.”
So, whether the DMK remains with the Congress or not, there is a distinct possibility of the Congress roping in the DMDK. For, as a TNCC leader said: “Strengthening the party in Tamil Nadu has always been a top priority for Rahul Gandhi.”
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