PMK leader parries question on alliance with AIADMK

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Chennai, Jun 28: Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) founder leader S Ramadoss parried a question on the party forging an alliance with the All India Anna DMK (AIADMK) after it was ousted from the DMK-led Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) in Tamil Nadu.

Talking to newspersons here, he said, ''the question is unwarranted'' when asked whether the party would renew its ties with the AIADMK for the coming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.

The party had already made it clear that the PMK would fight the coming Lok Sabha elections in alliance with the Congress and there was no change in it, he said.

''I do not know,'' he said when asked whether the DMK would be part of Congress led alliance. The chances of Congress winning the Lok Sabha elections were bright, he said when asked whether the Congress would repeat its performance in the backdrop of spiralling prices.

On reports that liquor baron Vijay Mallaya was opposed to PMK forging an alliance with the AIADMK (as the former has launched a campaign against liquor), he said, ''I am happy. I have nothing else to comment,'' and added that liquor and tobacco lobbies were the strongest lobbies in the country.

On PMK's stand that it would support the DMK government to enable it to complete its full five year term, whether the DMK liked it or not, Dr Ramadoss said the party was offering unconditional support, but the DMK only servered ties with us.

Stating that the DMK had considered the PMK as its enemy party, he said in the event of a crisis to the DMK government, the PMK would offer its support.

During the previous AIADMK regime, the PMK had played the role of a responsible opposition party and would continue to play the same role now, he added.

UNI

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