Chennai, Feb 27: In a sudden development, the Dalit Panthers of India (DPI), which unsuccessfully knocked at the doors of the DMK-led Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA), today (Feb 27, 2006) struck an alliance with the ruling AIADMK under which it will contest nine seats in the forthcoming Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.
The AIADMK made an official announcement about the electoral alliance after DPI General Secretary Thol Thirumavalavan called on AIADMK Supremo and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa at her Poes Garden residence this morning.
The latest development had come as a setback to PMK Founder-Leader S Ramadoss' efforts to bring the DPI into the DPA fold.
Dr Ramadoss, who floated the 'Tamil Protection Movement' jointly with Mr Thirumavalavan, had been intensely lobbying for the inclusion of the DPI into the seven-party alliance, but it evoked no positive response from DMK President M Karunanidhi.
The DMK President had recently said he had no objection if the PMK chose to give some seats to the DPI from its quota as an internal arrangement.
Apparently distressed with the treatment meted out to its party, Mr Thirumavalavan openly gave a call to the PMK to come out of the DPA and form a Third Front, which was turned down by Dr Ramadoss. The AIADMK, which faces the DPA in the electoral battle, has already entered into an understanding with the Democratic Indira Congress (K) in Kerala and the Puducherry Munnetra Congress (PMC) in Pondicherry.