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DMK president discussed politics: Premalatha
Contradicting the earlier reports, DMDK Treasurer, Premalatha Vijayakant, on Sunday, said that when DMK president, MK Stalin met DMDK founder Vijayakant, politics was discussed.
Addressing reporters at the party head office in Koyambedu, Premalatha said, “We are thankful to Stalin for meeting Vijayakant since both the families share a close bond, but when two leaders meet at the time of elections it would be wrong to say that politics was not discussed. Yes, they discussed politics,” said Premalatha.
Earlier, Stalin after meeting Vijayakant while addressing reporters said that politics was not discussed in the meeting and he came to meet Vijayakant on humanitarian grounds. But Premalatha had spilled the beans that politics was discussed in the meeting which had left Stalin red-faced.
She also said, “You (media) are closely watching the developments in the party and the leaders approaching Vijayakant for talks. As you all know that former DMK supremo M Karunanidhi presided over our marriage and since then, apart from politics, we have good relationship. But when it comes to politics and elections we have our own plans.”
When asked about the severe criticisms made by the DMDK about DMK in the past, she replied that they do not have any personal animosity with the DMK and any criticism is based on their action, schemes and plans implemented by them. “Criticism is common in politics and when it comes to elections it cannot be the sole factor to decide the alliance,” said Premalatha.
When asked about the poor performance of the DMDK in the previous elections and the tenacity of the party of being still in race for alliance with major parties, she replied that they know their strengths very well and their strengths cannot be decided based on a single election alone.
“You cannot debate and look down on the DMDK based on the results of previous elections alone. No one will accept it. The party supporters and the parties showing interests to align with us know our strength,” she said. She also said that they are one of the three recognised parties in the state and will align with the party which treats them with dignity and provides the required number of seats.
DMDK starts receiving poll applications for all seats
The DMDK has started receiving applications from party workers to contest in all the constituencies across the state even as a deadlock prevails in the formation of alliance with major parties for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. According to party Treasurer PremalathaVijayakant, “The process of receiving applications had started in a positive note. We have received more than 300 applications from party men on day one.” Though the DMDK was one of the earliest parties to commence their alliance talks, no decision had been reached yet on alliance. As the alliance talks are dragging, DMDK decided to proceed with the process of inviting applications from the party men. Interested cadre has to pay Rs 20,000 for obtaining an application and according to Premalatha, the applications will be received till March 6. After the applications are received, “Vijayakant will select the right candidate for all the constituencies,” said Premalatha.