The political situation is in a flux currently and any change of heart would not be unexpected.

DMK and AIADMK brought bad reputation for Dravidian politics wont align with them Vaiko to TNMImage: Vaiko/
news Friday, January 01, 2016 - 20:18
Written by  Pheba Mathew

At the General Council meeting of the ADMK held on Thursday, J Jayalalithaa hinted at forging alliances based on the prevailing political climate, which has sent political circles into a tizzy.

Instead of going it alone in the 2016 polls, Jayalalithaa made it clear that she would decide on alliances based on the political climate (then).

“We contested the Lok Sabha elections in 2009 with a few allies on our side, and did the same in 2011 assembly polls. But in 2014 general elections, we contested on our own and won 37 seats, “J Jayalalithaa told the cadres.

Every year on January 1, it has become customary for journalists in Chennai to attend a press meet organized by MDMK leader Vaiko. At the press conference on Friday, when asked whether he would be open to an alliance with the AIADMK following Jayalalithaa’s comment, Vaiko told The News Minute that he was strongly opposed to an alliance with either of the big Dravidian parties.

"I strongly oppose joining AIADMK and DMK party. Both the parties have compromised with the principles of Dravidian parties and brought bad reputation for the Dravidian parties," he told TNM.

During 2006 elections, Vaiko had joined the AIADMK alliance, this in spite of Jayalalithaa putting him behind bars for almost 500 days under POTA.

Vaiko recently floated the People’s Welfare Alliance (PWA) with parties like the VCK, CPI(M) and CPI. PWA leaders met DMDK chief Vijayakanth a few days ago, and invited him to join the alliance.

Though Vaiko has now categorically denied any possibility of aligning with the DMK or AIAkDMK, the political situation is in a flux currently and any change of heart would not be unexpected.

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