Karunanidhi hopeful of Vijayakant coming over to his side

Karunanidhi hopeful of Vijayakant coming over to his side

Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-03-09 10:18 Chennai: DMK  chief M Karunanidhi on Tuesday hoped Captain Vijayakant of the DMDK will finally come over to his side in the fight to dislodge AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa from power. He told media persons after the end of  interviews of prospective candidates for DMK for the assembly elections, the DMK chief said his party leaders were still talking to Vijayakant. "I am confident that the former ally of Jayalalithaa and the BJP will sign up with the DMK Congress alliance," he said.   Yesterday, there were speculations that Vijayakant’s brother-in-law Sutheesh was in Delhi meeting with BJP leaders. However, this was dismissed by BJP leader and union environment minister Prakash Javdekar, who is party incharge for TN assembly elections. On Monday, as reports from Delhi indicated DMDK’s parleys with the BJP, DMK supremo stepped up his own efforts and sent emissaries to DMDK leaders to work out the deal.  On Tuesday, he told media persons that “Talks are continuing but we don’t know when exactly we will cross the bridge,”  The DMK has not imposed any conditions he said. The DMK supremo is said to have told his partymen dealing with Captain Vijaykant to give in a little, whether it is on number of seats or financial assistance to fight the elections as ultimately, it is the alliance that would defeat the ruling party. So much is the importance of being Vijaykant that he will be the kingmaker. But not the king as he wanted to be. The DMK has ruled this out completely. If the DMK comes to power, it is 92 year old Karuanidhi would be the chief minister and his party is in no mood for any coalition government with anyone. Vijayakant, sources said, has been bargaining hard with all the political formations, including the Peoples Welfare Front comprising Left parties and MDMK’s Vaiko. His main condition that he be accepted as the chief ministerial candidate has been more or less accepted by the PWF, but clearly, Vijaykant is waiting for the bigger parties to respond to his demands. The AIDMK took a dig at DMK troubles in alliance formation. Why is the DMK begging Vijayakant, questioned AIADMK spokesperson CR Saraswathi. The DMK's position is pitiable if it has to keep begging Vijayakant to help it out, she said.