Rift forces ADMK to post­pone gen­eral coun­cil

The Gulf Today - - ASIA - BY NIR­MALA JOSEPH

CHEN­NAI: In­ter­nal strife in Tamil Nadu’s rul­ing Anna DMK has forced it to put off its gen­eral coun­cil meet­ing. Elec­tion Com­mis­sion sources have conirmed that the ADMK has sought time be­yond De­cem­ber to hold the meet­ing.

As per EC speci­ica­tions, the meet­ing should have been held be­fore De­cem­ber 2018. The party head­quar­ters has said the meet­ing would be or­gan­ised be­fore the par­lia­men­tary elec­tion ex­pected early in 2019.

Ofi­cially, the rea­son for seek­ing the post­pone­ment of the meet­ing has not been re­vealed, but ADMK sources conided that the ight be­tween the fac­tions led by Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi Palaniswami and his deputy O. Pan­ner­sel­vam has in­ten­si­ied.

At the same time, the main op­po­si­tion DMK has been con­sol­i­dat­ing its al­liance with lesser par­ties who would mat­ter in an elec­tion. Some strain had de­vel­oped in the al­liance af­ter se­nior DMK leader Du­rai Mu­ru­gan com­mented that the MDMK and the VCK are just friends and not po­lit­i­cal al­lies. DMK chief MK Stalin then moved to pacify them.

On Thurs­day the DMK hosted a meet­ing of al­lies. It was de­cided to stage a joint protest in Tiruchi over the Meke­datu is­sue. The Cen­tre’s clear­ance to Kar­nataka for build­ing a dam across river Cau­very in Meke­datu has drawn fury in Tamil Nadu.

Stalin as­serted at the meet­ing that the al­lies con­tinue to re­main with the DMK. MDMK chief Vaiko and VCK’S Thol Tiru­manavalan at­tended.

The­meet­ingde­mand­edthatthe­gov­ern­ment sum­mon an all-party meet­ing for a joint ight against the dam plan.

Stalin, Leader of Op­po­si­tion in the state assem­bly, said the ADMK gov­ern­ment’s “neg­li­gent” at­ti­tude that re­sulted in the Cen­tre’s per­mis­sion to Kar­nataka. He had de­manded that the Tamil Nadu gov­ern­ment ap­proach the Supreme Court to ob­tain stay for the Cen­tre’s per­mis­sion and Kar­nataka’s ef­forts for a dam.

Thiru­malavala­van an­nounced that his party will be ight­ing along­side the DMK to counter “re­li­gious pol­i­tics.”

“We sup­port the DMK and there in no is­sues in our re­la­tion­ship. The DMK, Congress, MDMK, VCK, Left and Mus­lim par­ties are all very close.

We should be­come and al­liance and the DMK should an­nounce this al­liance plan. This group of par­ties will be­come al­lies,” said Thiru­mavala­van.

Stalin made an ex­pla­na­tion on the elec­toral al­liance. “Al­liances will be for­malised closer to the elec­tions. Tech­ni­cally, al­liance means seat ne­go­ti­a­tions and the like, which is likely to hap­pen dur­ing that pe­riod. It will prob­a­bly hap­pen in Fe­bru­ary,” he said.

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