First step for future alliance: Kanimozhi shares dais with Congress, Left leaders

Saturday, May 9, 2015,18:45 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Chennai | With the Assembly elections less than a year away, it has now become crystal clear that major Opposition parties in Tamil Nadu were apparently looking for opportunities to come closer to each other before stitching together a possible alliance.
In yet another instance of political bonhomie, DMK Rajya Sabha Member and Party President M Karunanidhi’s poetess daughter Kanimozhi shared dais with the Congress and Left Party leaders today.
The occasion was a memorial meeting organised by the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) at its headquarters ‘Sathyamoorthy Bhavan’ in the city, to condole the recent death of legendry writer and Jnanpith Award winner Jayakanthan.
Apart from a host of Congress members, including TNCC President EVKS Elangovan, Ms Vijayadharani, MLA, Party Office-bearers and District Presidents, others present on the occasion were Ms Kanimozhi, CPI(M) Rajya Sabha Member T K Rangarajan, CPI Leader Subbarayan, writers S Ramakrishnan.
For, days after DMDK President and Actor Vijayakanth met a host of opposition leaders and led a delegation to New Delhi last week, DMK Treasurer and former Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin yesterday called on leaders of various parties including, the Congress, TMC led by former Union Minister G K Vasan and BJP State President Ms Tamizhisai Soundararajan and invited them for a family wedding,
Going by the recent happenings, including in the State Assembly when the DMK spoke in support of the suspended DMDK MLAs, it has become clear that the DMK and the Principal Opposition DMDK have started coming closer to take on the ruling AIADMK.
The Congress, which was left to fend on its own in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, too might not be averse to an alliance, while the BJP has been maintaining that it would neither ally with the DMK nor the AIADMK and projecting itself as the alternative to the two dravidian majors.
But Ms Tamizhisai yesterday said Stalin inviting leaders cutting across party lines showed that the trend of healthy politics was returning in the State.
Another player in the State Political firmament, the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), has been stating that it would welcome any party that accepted its leadership and has also projected former Union Minister and its Youth Wing leader Anbumani Ramadoss as the Chief Ministerial candidate for the next year’s Assembly polls.
Whether these meetings will lead to an alliance ahead of the Assembly polls signalling realignment of political parties, only time will tell.