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Wooed by the big two, PMK plays hard to get

CHENNAI: As closed-door alliance parleys select up tempo in Tamil Nadu forward of the Lok Sabha elections, senior leaders in the ruling AIADMK and the opposition DMK confirmed they're keeping talks with the PMK led through S Ramadoss.

DMK treasurer S Durai Murugan is said to have begun talks with the PMK management via long-time pal and previous TNCC leader M Krishnasamy. The Congress chief is PMK MP Anbumani Ramadoss’s partner's father. But hitches over apportioning seats – the PMK is said to be searching for eight seats, but may accept six – and poll assets are stymieing talks.

Wanted through each the principle Dravidian majors, the PMK is enjoying laborious to get. AIADMK leaders stated following system defects of their negotiations, they have got left it to the BJP to persuade the PMK to be a part of the AIADMK-led BJP-inclusive alliance. “Piyush Goyal, BJP chief in charge of TN and defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman have been trying to get in touch with PMK management,” stated a senior AIADMK

chief searching for anonymity. “The PMK has made it clear it's going to no longer negotiate with the BJP and that we need to maintain it first,” stated the chief.

The PMK contested 9 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections as an best friend of the BJP, but simplest its chief Anbumani Ramadoss won, in Dharmapuri. The birthday party’s highest run was once in 2004 when, as a DMK best friend, it won all the six seats it contested.

Why PMK is most wanted in the time of polls

It has been dubbed a bellwether birthday party in electoral politics, with forecasters having the ability to predict the poll outcome depending on which front it teamed up with. It has additionally been unfairly criticized as being opportunistic. Today, then again, the Paatalli Makkal Katchi led through S Ramadoss and son MP Anbumani, is being intensely wooed through each the AIADMK and the DMK that see the birthday party’s energy as a vote getter and campaigner for the do-or-die poll fight around the nook.

While the AIADMK had raced forward of its rival in the beginning with early poll parleys with the PMK, the DMK, which had followed a wait-and-watch option to avoid showing too keen and perhaps dilute its possibilities of placing a good deal, has assigned key negotiator and birthday party treasurer S Durai Murugan, who hails from the vanniyar (OBC) neighborhood, to negotiate with the PMK.

The Congress, the CPI, the CPM, the VCK and the IUML are already part of a loosely-formed DMK-led arrangement. But, alliance mathematics may alternate dramatically through a possible overdue entrant.

With the PMK additionally probing the AIADMK-led BJP-inclusive alliance option, the tempo of alliance formations led through the two major Dravidian parties in Tamil Nadu has slowed down significantly. There is far pleasure in political circles to look which side the PMK would swing

The resultant tug-of-war may pressure the AIADMK to move as high as even six seats to pull the PMK to its side and the DMK most likely six too, say sources. BJP’s Piyush Goyal has it seems that stepped in to try his bit at persuading the birthday party.

With its energy in the vanniyar belt, districts in the north and west, the PMK has scored a constant 5% or extra in Lok Sabha elections previously, either in the company of the DMK or the AIADMK, justifying its ‘most wanted’ standing.

"We will emerge vote-getters and good campaigners. Anbumani will be our star," stated a senior PMK chief searching for anonymity.

"In the absence of leaders like J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi, we have an opportunity and we want to use it carefully," he stated. "None of the parties, be it the Congress, BJP, CPI, CPM, MDMK or the DMDK has a decent vote bank. The PMK does," stated the chief.

The PMK has always added heft to an alliance excluding most likely in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, in the wake of the battle in Sri Lanka, when the AIADMK-led front fared badly, and the best friend PMK, did not win a seat.

Traditionally, since the first legislative meeting election of the Madras state in 1952, the vanniyar neighborhood has voted in favour of the DMK, recalled political analyst N Sathiya Moorthy of Observer Research Foundation. "In 1989, when the DMK returned to power, the majority of the seats it won were from the northern districts in the vanniyar belt. This gave the impression that vanniyar voters were with the DMK, which was not untrue," stated Sathiya Moorthy.

After the PMK was once formed and it contested its first election in 1996, it polled 5% votes. "It has continued to retain that vote share. It is this that has increased their bargaining power," he stated.

Without Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa, for AIADMK leaders Edappadi Ok Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam and DMK president M Ok Stalin, the most important problem is to turn out their management no longer just to their parties but also the folk. For this, the AIADMK and the DMK have to mop up each and every further vote they can get, perhaps with the PMK in tow.

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