September 15th, 2011
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DMK to go alone in October Civic polls

DMKChennai: After suffering a huge setback in 13 April Assembly elections, the DMK is probably testing its strength by deciding to contest alone in the forthcoming local body elections in the State. Apart from the poll debacle, the morale of the party workers is apparently low with the arrest of many former Ministers and key party functionaries in connection with landgrab complaints.

In order to a give a boost to the partymen, the DMK high command on Wednesday decided to contest alone in the local body election so that equal importance are given to partymen across the State. According to a statement from DMK president and former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, his party formed an alliance with likeminded parties for elections to the Lok Sabha and the Assembly in a bid to form a progressive government at the Centre and a democratic regime in the State.

Besides, the DMK was always careful that both at the Centre and the State no government that was ‘communal’ and ‘anti-human’ should be formed. However, in the local body polls, the DMK had decided that it was not necessary to cobble together political alliances as there was no necessity to place political principles in front of the public but only basic necessities such as sanitation and health care, education, roads and drinking water.

‘This decision has been taken after deep introspection,’ Karunanidhi added. During the last few months, the relationship between DMK and Congress has been soaring and the latest decision has given a jolt to the national party. However, DMK sources cited the stand taken by several State Congress leaders, demanding that the party contest the local body polls separately in the wake of the defeat suffered by the alliance in the recent Assembly elections, as one of the reasons for its decision. The DMK leadership is apparently upset by the constant refrain of Youth Congress leaders that it was time the Congress contested on its own in Tamilnadu, a stance taken by AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi.

As for the other allies of the DMK, the PMK broke away in late-July and dalit ally VCK maintained a distance all through the Jayalalithaa governments stringent action against DMK seniors and former Ministers in land-grab cases. Tamilnadu has a total of 10 Corporations and 148 municipalities among over 13,000 local bodies whose term end in October.

DMK and Congress candidates hold the post of Mayors including in the Corporations of Chennai, Tirunelveli and Madurai besides being at the helm of affairs at many municipalities. With its alliance intact, AIADMK is likely to hold talks in the coming days to finalise the seat-sharing as it seeks to woo the voters with various pro-people measures implemented including the supply of rice at no cost and free goats and milch animals scheme.

Both AIADMK and its ally and principal opposition party DMDK have started issuing application forms to ticket aspirants with the DMK scheduled to start the process from 5 September. MDMK, which had boycotted the Assembly polls following break down of seat-sharing talks with AIADMK is also in the fray with party chief Vaiko asking ticket aspirants to apply.


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