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No going back on decision to boycott polls: Vaiko

Last Updated: Monday, March 21, 2011 - 23:34

Tirunelveli: MDMK leader Vaiko on Monday
said there was no going back on the party`s decision to
boycott the April 13 Tamil Nadu Assembly polls.

Upset over AIADMK`s "adamant attitude and ill-treatment",
MDMK had yesterday decided to quit the electoral battle after
the last minute efforts by the former to retain its
five-year-old ally in the alliance did not succeed.

AIADMK had offered 13 seats to MDMK while Vaiko said that
his party would accept nothing less than 21 seats.

Talking to his party workers here today, Vaiko said a
situation had emerged by which the party had been forced to
keep away from the elections and watch the politics.

However, he said, the party would "emerge as a third and
alternative force in Tamil Nadu in the coming years".

Meanwhile, Pon Radhakrishnan, BJP state president,
talking to reporters at Nagercoil, asked Vaiko to reconsider
his decision.

"If Vaiko wished, he could join hands with the BJP to
fight the polls. We are ready to welcome him with love and
affection. But he has to decide whether to join hands with
us," Radhakrishnan said.


First Published: Monday, March 21, 2011 - 23:34

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