T N: Captain Vijaykant to go it alone

T N: Captain Vijaykant to go it alone

Submitted by Editor on Fri, 2016-03-11 08:08 Chennai: In a game changing political decision that would hit the DMK badly, DMDK chief Captain Vijayakant on Thursday announced that he would go it alone in the assembly elections.This decision, ironically would help AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa whom the DMDK wants to dislodge from power.The DMK that was desperately wooing the DMDK to its fold, as his 8 per cent vote share would help it in closely fought assembly elections.Captain Vijayakant’s announcement came at a public meeting in Chennai. "I know clearly announce that I will contest alone. In my previous meeting at Kancheepuram, my supporters had asked me to the king and not the kingmaker. This is why the DMDK will go it alone in the assembly polls,” he said in a short speech.By going alone, the DMDK is sure to cut and split the anti-AIADMK vote and help chief minister J Jayalalithaa said Prof Ramu Manivannan of the Madras University.AIADMK spokesperson CR Sarswathi said it was an internal decision of the DMDK and it was not for her to make any comment. But she said, the poll outcome will show what the DMDK is, a party of no consequence.Saraswathi said Vijayakant and Premalata’s personalized attacks on Jayalalithaa will not go down well with the people.Before Captain Vijayakant made his key announcement that will most likely change the outcome of the elections, his wife Premalata attacked DMK and AIADMK. She said both were seeped in corruption needed to be thrown out. "Please vote her out from power," she urged the people. She also said the DMK too was equally guilty of ruining the state and TN deserved a corruption free government that only DMDK can provide, she said.The DMDK's decision will ensure TN multi-cornered contests, with at least five fronts in fray -- the AIADMK, the DMK-Cong, Peoples Welfare Front, the DMDK and the NDA. The biggest gainer in this all is Jayalalithaa as votes against her are going to be split. And if her luck holds and decision in DA case in Supreme Court comes in her favour, she is sure to sweep the polls, on her own.But in case of an adverse decision, the game would be wide open, political analysts say.