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Vaiko squarely blames Karunanidhi for MDMK quitting DPA

Written by: Staff

Chennai, Mar 4 (UNI) MDMK General Secretary Vaiko today squarely blamed DMK President M Karunanidhi for his party quitting the Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) and joining the ruling AIADMK for the May eight Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu.

Hours after signing a poll pact with AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa, Mr Vaiko alleged that Mr Karunanidhi did not honour the promise of providing 25 seats to the MDMK.

''When we first put forth a proposal on January 26, asking 25 seats, Mr Karunanidhi had in principle agreed to it and said it could be decided during seat-sharing negotiations at the time of elections,'' he told a crowded press conference here.

But later, Mr Karunanidhi denied having given such a commitment and said he could not offer more than 22 seats, he said.

''Even two days ago, I told him the MDMK was ready to compromise on one or two seats as per his advice and sought at least 23 seats.

But, Mr Karunanidhi firmly rejected it,'' he added.

Asserting that the MDMK had always tried to remain in the DPA despite being subjected to lot of humiliation by the DMK workers, Mr Vaiko said he had repeatedly requested Mr Karunanidhi to allot one more seat, and that the MDMK would tirelessly work in all the 234 constituencies.

Mr Karunanidhi said he would consider it after the DMK conference.

But suddenly he made a volte-face and told the media in Tiruchirapalli that MDMK had to accept the offer of 22 seats if it was to stay in the alliance, he pointed out.


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