Tamil Nadu polls 2016: Could join ADMK or DMK but will remain in PWF, says VCK leader

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Chennai, Feb 26: Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) leader Thol Thirumavalavan has said he could enter into an alliance with either the ruling AIADMK or DMK for the Tamil Nadu elections as he has maintained good relations with both the parties. But we are firm on remaining a part of People's Welfare Front (PWF), he said in an interview with the Times of India.

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Thirumavalavan said in the interview: "I have recalled our good relations with the DMK and the AIADMK. Even now we have a good equation with them. If we want, we can go back to either the AIADMK or the DMK, but we are firm on remaining in the PWF."


He said the PWF was formed to find an alternative to the Dravidian parties and not because its constituent parties could not find a place in the fronts.

When asked whether the DMDK and Tamil Manila Congress are joining the PWF, Thirumavalavan said while DMDK chief Vijayakanth neither committed nor opposed to join the PWF, TMC chied GK Vasan said he would consult with the senior leaders before taking a call, the interview in the Times of India said.

Speaking on the VCK's decision to ally with the PMK in the 2011 Assembly polls, he said both the PMK and VCK lost badly---while the VCK lost all 10 seats, the PMK lost 27 out of 30 seats. "After the polls, PMK leader S Ramadoss called us and did some booth-level analysis to find that our votes got transferred to PMK and vice versa," he said, according to the report.

He said the DMK had blamed both the VCK and PMK for their loss. "If the problem was only between VCK and PMK, why did DMK candidates lose? The entire DMK front was hit because independent and non-party voters, who constitute about 60% of voters, rejected us due to the 2G spectrum scam," he told the Times of India.

Hitting out at criticising Ramadoss, Thirumavalavan said the former he played the Vanniyar card and portrays his son as the chief ministerial candidate. "He fought against inter-caste marriages, made them a tool to attack me and the VCK," he told in the interview.

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