Op­po­si­tion par­ties in TN rally be­hind DMK to form anti-bjp al­liance ahead of LS polls

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coun­try. It is the need of the hour for all non-bjp par­ties to come to­gether on a com­mon plat­form,” the DMK pres­i­dent had tweeted.

The CPI, CPM, Thol. Thiru­mavala­van-led Vidutha­lai Chiruthai­gal Katchi, and Vaiko’s Maru­malarchi

Dravida Mun­netra Kazhagam (Mdmk)havealso de­cided to join the DMK, which is an ally of the Congress in Tamil Nadu.

The DMK had re­leased a list of se­nior lead­ers to take charge of elec­tion-re­lated work in all the 40 Lok Sabha con­stituen­cies in Tamil Nadu and the neigh­bour­ing Union ter­ri­tory of Puducherry. The DMK’S ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee met last month to de­lib­er­ate on its poll strat­egy and be­gin talks re­gard­ing the party’s al­lies.

Mean­while, the Left par­ties and the Congress have re­jected the Amma Makkal Mun­netra Kazhagam leader T.T.V. Dhi­nakaran’s in­ter­est to ally his newly formed party with them. Ac­tor-turned politi­cian Ka­mal Haasan had also ex­pressed his in­ter­est in allying with the Congress if the Dmk­congress al­liance breaks. How­ever, Congress lead­ers in Tamil Nadu have said there is no “ques­tion of snap­ping ties with the DMK”.

The state is also gear­ing up for by­elec­tions to 20 as­sem­bly seats. Last month, the Madras high court up­held the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion of 18 MLAS, thus clear­ing the decks for the by­polls. Two other seats are also va­cant, in­clud­ing the one held by late DMK chief M. Karunanidhi. The elec­tion dates for these as­sem­bly con­stituen­cies are yet to be an­nounced.

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