Ramadoss backtracks from earlier position on alliance with DMK

Salem, Feb 2 (PTI) In an apparent damage controlexercise, PMK leader S Ramadoss today backtracked from hisearlier position that his party did not consider an alliancewith the DMK for the assembly polls in the state, due in May.

Ramadoss had earlier contradicted DMK chief and TamilNadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi''s remarks at New Delhi thatPMK would be part of the alliance led by his party.

His volte face came after an upset Karunanidhi lastnight ruled out the question of PMK joining the DMK-led frontin the wake of Ramadoss'' remarks denying his assertions aboutthe alliance between the two parties.

Speaking to reporters here, Ramdoss said he had nevercontradicted Karunanidhi''s announcement in Delhi that PMKwould be part of the DMK-led alliance and asserted he wouldnot bely his hopes for a tie-up.

Ramadoss said he had only stated that no agreement hadbeen reached so far between the two parties on seat sharing orthe constituencies to be contested by them.

"I still feel Karunanidhi has complete faith in me andmy statements and I will not bely his hopes for an alliance,"he said.

On his arrival from Delhi after attending a chiefministers'' conference, Karunanidhi had said last night, "Thereis no question on this (alliance) after Ramadoss had denied mystatement made at Delhi that PMK would be part of ouralliance."

He said he made the remarks on the assumption that PMKwanted an alliance with DMK and it was also based on the talksbetween leaders of both the parties.

During Karunanidhi''s Delhi visit, the DMK-Congressalliance was firmed up with both the parties deciding toappoint committees to discuss seat sharing and constituencies.


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