TN polls 2016: Speculation over DMK-DMDK fallout after Dravidian leader slams Vijaykanth

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Chennai, Feb 29: A post by Suba Veerapandian, a Dravidian leader considered close to DMK chief M Karunanidhi, in Oneindia Tamil lashing out at the DMDK has given rise to the speculation over whether the two parties would join hands for the upcoming Assembly elections at all.

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According to reports, Veerapandian, convenor of the Dravida Iyaka Tamilar Peravai, later clarified that he had written the article on Saturday night to express his personal views and one should not try to find a political motive behind it.


He said in the article that the DMK should not wait for a "small party" like the DMDK, which has just five per cent vote-share and take a decision to contest in 200 seats. He also targeted the political style of DMDK chief Vijaykanth.

Veerapandian's clarification came after he met Karunanidhi at his residence in Gopalapuram on Sunday morning. He was perhaps advised to clarify his attack on the DMDK then.

DMK treasurer MK Stalin told media persons during his trip to Kolathur on Sunday that Veerapandian's views on the DMK contesting in 200 seats rather than waiting for the DMDK, were his own.

The DMK treasurer M K Stalin told reporters during his trip to Kolathur on Sunday Mr Veerapandian's views that DMK should contest in 200 seats rather than waiting for the DMDK were his own. He also said that Veerapandian was not a member of the DMK, a Deccan Chronicle report said.

However, between Veerapandian's posting of the blog and his clarification, speculation was rife in the media that since the former was close to Karunanidhi, he was only expresing the DMK chief's feelings.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar met Vijayakanth at his residence to discuss the possibility of the DMDK joining the NDA front. He said a decision would be clear in the coming week.

The NDA had parties like the DMDK and PMK on board in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. This time, howeve the BJP is yet to find an ally officially even though the Congess and DMK have formalised an alliance between them.

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