Twist in the Tamil Nadu tale: DMDK's Captain Vijayakanth is Left Front's CM candidate, says Vaiko

Chennai: Actor-turned-politician A. Vijayakanth on Wednesday announced that Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) will contest the assembly elections in Tamil Nadu in alliance with Vaiko's MDMK, the Left and Dalit party VCK.

Twist in the Tamil Nadu tale: DMDKs Captain Vijayakanth is Left Fronts CM candidate, says Vaiko

Vaiko and Captain Vijayakanth. PTI

According to the agreement between the new alliance, Vijaykant, popularly known as "Captain" , who was also the one BJP was wooing, would be the chief ministerial candidate of the People's Welfare Front (PWF).

The announcement makes the PWF, which until now was made up of the MDMK, Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India-Marxist and the VCK, a major force in the May electoral battle.

As per the agreement reached between these parties, DMDK will contest 124 seats and the remaining 110 will be shared by PWF constituents — MDMK, CPM, CPI and VCK.

Addressing a joint press conference, Vaiko heaped praise on Vijayakanth and said their combine would henceforth be named "Captain Vijayakanth Front."

Vaiko, the coordinator of PWF, said he would be the "Senapathi (Commander) of the PWF-DMDK forces" that would take on AIADMK and DMK.

"This is the alliance the people were looking for," Vaiko, who is the coordinator of PWF, told the media.

"You (Vijayakanth) will be the king, kingmakers (PWF leaders) will make you the king," he said.


Relating Vijayakanth to Yudhistra of 'Mahabharata', he said, "Bheema, Arjuna, Nakul and Sahadeva (reference to four PWF leaders) will not allow others to get near him and they would take on rivals first."

To this one of the leaders in the alliance said, "The election (in Tamil Nadu) will now be like a Kurukshetra war."

The seat-sharing agreement signed by Vijayakanth, Vaiko, G Ramakrishnan (CPIM), R Mutharasan (CPI) and Thol Thirumavalavan (VCK) was released to the media.

Vijayakant and Vaiko later said "it will be a coalition government" if the PWF-DMDK combine was voted to power.

The breakthrough came after Vijayakanth, who recently declared that his party would go it alone in the polls, held talks with leaders of PWF, led by MDMK's Vaiko.

The move is considered a setback for DMK which had hoped to rope in all key anti-AIADMK forces under its leadership and made sustained efforts to bring in Vijayakanth.

The saffron party on its part had tried to build on the gains it had made in 2014 Lok Sabha polls when the NDA won two seats by sewing up a rainbow alliance comprising DMDK, PMK, MDMK and four other smaller parties.

Tamil Nadu is set to witness a multi-cornered contest among the fronts led by AIADMK, DMK, DMDK-PWF, BJP and PMK.

BJP, which has firmed up support of smaller parties like AISMK, may now try to rope in PMK.



With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Mar 23, 2016 19:59:04 IST