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TN: DMDK strikes alliance with PWF

Ending suspense surrounding his party's electoral tie-up for the May 16 Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, DMDK founder Vijayakant on Wednesday aligned with Vaiko-led People’s Welfare Front with the actor-turned-politician being declared as the chief ministerial candidate of the alliance.

DMDK got the lion’s share of 124 of the 234 Assembly constituencies while PWF constituents–MDMK, CPI (M), CPI and VCK, will field their candidates from the remaining 110.

“You (Vijayakant) will be the king, kingmakers (PWF leaders) will make you the king,” Vaiko told Vijayakant, adding, the alliance will also be known as “Captain Vijayakant Front.” 

The seat-sharing agreement signed by Vijayakant, Vaiko, G Ramakrishnan (CPI-M), R Mutharasan (CPI) and Thol Thirumavalavan (VCK) was released to media.

The agreement also said Vijayakant would be the chief ministerial candidate of the alliance.

If elected, the front will have a coalition government, a rare proposition in Tamil Nadu politics, the leaders said.

The development, however, was ridiculed by BJP, which had actively wooed DMDK in its effort to sew up a 2014-like NDA coalition, while DMK did not seem to take it seriously.

Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan claimed that PWF-DMDK combination, “will not win a single seat.” 
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