Puducherry: Ramadoss may quit BJP, to fight alone

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Puducherry, March 15: Amid discussions of a possible alliance between BJP and PMK for the formalization of an alliance in Tamil Nadu, the local PMK unit may contest the elections independently, irrespective of whether the party ends up joining hands with BJP or not.

However, this has not been taken sportingly by the All India NR Congress (AINRC).

Meanwhile, the party members are unhappy over the announcement of the AINRC candidate by the Chief Minister N Rangasamy for the party alliance with BJP, even before it materialised.

Ramadoss may quit BJP
Party members also accuse that the Chief Minister never mentioned that he will be fielding a candidate when party leader Dr Anbumani Ramadoss visited him to discuss over the candidature.

"Our party leader Dr Anbumani Ramadoss has met Rangasamy four times seeking AINRC support for the party candidate, but never during the discussions had Rangasamy made it clear that he would be fielding a candidate," said R K R Ananthaman, PMK state organiser.

Party members further accuse,"Rangasamy did not take the party into confidence before making the announcement."

PMK had announced its candidates long back. Rangasamy said,"I have been campaigning since February and have covered several areas and have gone even to the outlying areas. Going back would be cutting a sorry figure."

Party cadres who had worked hard are also discontented with the announcement and have said that they would contest even without an alliance.

In fact, the party is planning to delink itself from the TN alliance, but is awaiting a general body meeting to be held on Sunday where the decision would be taken.

This, in turn, will leave a gap in AINRC's vote bank as predominant Vanniyar caste votes will have to be excluded then.

Meanwhile, a meeting was held in S Ramadoss's house to discuss the party's stand in the LOk Sabha elections in Puducherry and to decide on the alliance in Tamil Nadu.

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