TN polls 2016: After DMDK shuts door, DMK searches for new allies

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Chennai, March 12: After the DMDK chose to go alone in the May 16 Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, the DMK is trying to find lesser partners to make up for the loss. The latter, which has made a tie-up with the Congress, was sincerely hoping to get Vijaykanth on board to strengthen the anti-Jayalalithaa alliance.

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According to reports, the DMK's options are now limited since a number of parties have formed the People's Welfare Alliance, which is a third front of sort in the state in this election season. Moreover, the fact that the DMK has burnt its bridges with parties like the MDMK and VCK has also created a challenge for it in finding newer allies. [CVoter survey predicts 116 seats for AIADMK, two short of majority]

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The DMK may look to get TVK (Thamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi) in Cuddalore district of northern Tamil Nadu on board. The TVK though has asserted that it is still in the AIADMK's fold but the latter is yet to officially endorse it. The DMK may find an opportunity in this. [Why everyone wants to ally with DMDK]

In the south, MK Karunanidhi's party may target Puthiya Thamizhagam, which was its ally in the 2014 Lok Sabha election.

In the western parts, the DMK can tie up with the KMDK, which is open to ally with either the AIADMK and DMK.

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