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AMMK deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary TTV Dhi­nakaran and most of the 18 dis­qual­i­fied MLAs met VK Sasikala on Fri­day at Ben­galuru prison and dis­cussed the strate­gies for the fu­ture and for the by-elec­tions to their con­stituen­cies.

“Dur­ing the meet­ing, Sasikala ap­pre­ci­ated the de­ci­sion of the dis­qual­i­fied MLAs to face the by-elec­tions. She said she too had re­ceived many let­ters from party cadre that the dis­qual­i­fied MLAs should face the by-elec­tions in­stead of chal­leng­ing the Madras HC or­der,” Dhi­nakaran told re­porters af­ter meet­ing Sasikala.

He said that the 18 dis­qual­i­fied

MLAs took the de­ci­sion unit­edly not to go on an ap­peal and that there was no dif­fer­ence of views.

Asked why Tel­ugu De­sam party chief N Chan­drababu Naidu did not con­tact him for form­ing an al­liance against the BJP, Dhi­nakaran said, “Per­haps he might have thought the AMMK is too small a party.” In this con­nec­tion, asked what would be his de­ci­sion if sec­u­lar par­ties ap­proached him for an al­liance, Dhi­nakaran said, “We can’t be part of an al­liance in which the DMK is a part­ner. We can­not go with the DMK. We will fight the fu­ture elec­tions in al­liance with like-minded par­ties; if needed we will go it alone and en­sure vic­tory.”

On the ag­i­ta­tions staged by the AIADMK cadre against the film ‘Sarkar’, Dhi­nakaran said the rul­ing party had mis­han­dled the is­sue by giv­ing free pub­lic­ity to that film. He also said the rul­ing party had ag­i­tated to cover up its fail­ure in con­tain­ing dengue and other vi­ral fever in the State.

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