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Tindivanam Ramamurthy, Rajender failed to get seats

Written by: Staff

Chennai, Mar 24 (UNI) Former TNCC President 'Tindivanam' Ramamurthy and actor-director T Rajender -- the two vocal supporters of the ruling AIADMK -- could not find a place for their respective parties in the list of constituencies released by AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa today, triggering speculation whether the party's alliance door was firmly shut on them.

With the release of the list of constituencies to be contested by the AIADMK and its allies in the May eight Assembly elections, Ms Jayalalithaa has also scotched rumours about actor-politician Vijayakanth's Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) joining the AIADMK front.

Mr Vijayakanth had been maintaining that his party would contest independendly in the election, yet his recent statement that he would not mind joining an alliance, if given a share in power, fuelled speculation that he was drifting towards the AIADMK fold.

Both Mr Ramamurthy and Mr Rajender were not able to finalise an agreement with the AIADMK on seat-sharing, despite holding several round of talks with the party's election committee.

Mr Ramamurthy, who was recently expelled from the Congress after he raised a banner of revolt against the Congress leadership for ''surrendering'' the party's interest to the DMK, had since floated a new outfit ''Tamil Nadu Indira Congress.'' He also called on Ms Jayalalithaa at her Poes Garden residence and extended his party's support to her. However, his talks with the AIADMK on seat-sharing proved futile, as he was not able to bargain a considerable number of seats to contest the election.

According to sources, the AIADMK leadership was ready to part only one or two seats for Mr Ramamurthy's fledgling party.

Mr Rajender's All India Latchiya DMK was also unable to reach an agreement with the AIADMK on seat-sharing for similar reason. The former DMK legislator, who had since then fallen out of the DMK leadership and floated a new outfit, was not ready to settle for a couple of seats, the sources added.

However, political analysts have not ruled out the possibility of the AIADMK supremo allocating seats to the above two parties from the AIADMK quota. Many other splinter groups such as Professor Dheeran's Makkal Katchi, P T Elangovan's Pattali Munnetra Kazhagam, the Republican Party of India, which have been waiting in the wings for a seat, could also be accommodated, they said.


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