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PMK defends alliance with AIADMK

PMK defends alliance with AIADMK

Chennai: Amid criticism of its alliance with the ruling AIADMK by various quarters, PMK on Monday said the pact for the coming Lok Sabha elections was forged with an intention to 'retrieve' and uphold Tamil Nadu's rights on various issues.

Pattali Makkal Katchi Youth Wing leader Anbumani Ramadoss also asserted the party would support any anti-graft action against state Ministers if corruption charges against them were proved.

"Our intention is to retrieve and uphold the rights of Tamil Nadu and its people," he told a press conference here.

On the PMK's stand now on corruption charges against the AIADMK over which it had earlier petitioned the state Governor seeking action, Anbumani Ramadoss insisted his party remained firm on its stated position.

"Regarding the petition we had submitted to the Governor, action should be taken if the charges are proved....

I will be the first person to seek the resignation (of Ministers concerned)," he said.

The AIADMK had last Tuesday struck poll-pacts with BJP and PMK, allotting five and seven seats to them respectively out of the total 39 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state.

PMK has come under sharp attack from DMK and several other opposition political parties and a section of the civil society for aligning with the AIADMK after being a vocal critic of the AIADMK on issues, including corruption.

Defending the tie-up, Ramadoss, Lok Sabha member from Dharmapuri, pointed to the ten-point charter of demands PMK had presented to the AIADMK prior to confirming the alliance.

The demands included ensuring release of seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case and implementation of prohibition, he said adding Chief Minister K Palaniswami, also the AIADMK Joint Coordinator, has agreed to 'consider' most of them.

The AIADMK was on the same page on the release of Murugan, Santhan, AG Perarivalan, Robert Payas, Ravichandran, S Jayakumar and Nalini, all life convicts,

he said. The state cabinet had last September recommended to Governor Banwarilal Purohit for their premature release, saying they were in prison for about 27 years.

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