PMK exudes hope of Karunanidhi becoming TN CM

Last Updated: Saturday, April 23, 2011 - 16:27

Chennai: PMK on Saturday exuded hope that DMK
alliance, of which it is a constituent, will win the Tamil
Nadu Assembly polls, counting of which is due on May 13, and M
Karunanidhi will become the Chief Minister for the sixth time.

PMK founder S Ramadoss was talking to reporters after
meeting Karunanidhi at his Gopalapuram residence here.

PMK president G K Mani and former Minister of State for
Railways AK Moorthy were also part of the "courtesy call".

The party had contested 31 seats in the assembly polls
held on April 13.

PMK was part of the DMK-led Democratic Progressive
Alliance in the 2006 Assembly elections. PMK had then won 18
of the 31 seats contested by it. The two parties have had a
difficult relationship after PMK parted ways with DMK and
contested the 2009 Lok Sabha elections as an ally of AIADMK,
however, it drew a blank.

As the 2011 Assembly elections were nearing, Ramadoss
send confusing signals to DMK. On January, when Karunanidhi
said PMK was with him, Ramadoss criticised the DMK leader for
unilaterally making the announcement. Karunanidhi hit back,
saying his doors were closed on PMK. The final patch-up came
after Ramadoss` son and former health minister in UPA-I
Anbumani Ramadoss met Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on February.

After its formation in 1989, PMK contested four elections
on its own, winning just one seat in the 1991 assembly and
four in 1996. Since then, the party had alternated between the
two Dravidian parties as allies.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, April 23, 2011 - 16:27

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