PMK hints at floating separate alliance for 2011 TN polls

PMK hinted at a possibility of floating a separate alliance for next year`s Tamil Nadu Assembly polls.

Madurai: PMK on Saturday hinted at a possibility of
floating a separate alliance for next year`s Tamil Nadu
Assembly polls, like the one in 1996, if the talks between it
and DMK did not yield results.

"We held one round of talks with DMK through the five
member committee led by G K Mani. The Chief Minister had said
further talks could be held after the World classical Tamil
conference," PMK founder leader S Ramadoss told reporters

He said PMK could form its own alliance of social
justice. "We won in four seats earlier. A similar thing can
happen now. We are confident of getting a good chunk of
votes," he said.

Ramadoss recalled they had come out of the AIADMK
alliance before the Pennagaram bypolls, though the AIADMK had
offered them Rajya Sabha seat and Pennagaram seats. DMK sent
them out on the basis of some remarks made by PMK leader K
Guru. "Now we are neither with DMK or AIADMK."

The PMK leader said there was also a possibility of
aligning with Congress.

Asked if the party had decided not to align with the
front where DMDK was a partner, he said, "There are no
permanent foes or friends in politics."

He also demanded that all action against suspended IAS
officer Uma Shankar be withdrawn and he be reinstated. "An
honest officer, he had been victimised for questioning certain
government decisions," he said.

Umashankar was suspended on charges of producing a false
community certificate to claim SC quota during his civil
services selection.

Ramadoss said the officer had joined service only after
submitting proper caste certificate. Even if he had not done
so, it was for UPSC to take action and not the state

"The Chief Minister who has been demanding reservation
for Dalit Christians should not have taken action against him
as it was against DMK policy," he said.

He also condemned the power tariff hike in Tamil Nadu and
alleged that lack of power generation for the past 10 years
and purchase of power from private companies at high cost were
the reasons behind this.

The State electricity Board regulatory authority had said
there was 18 per cent distribution and line loss. If they had
taken steps to prevent it, then Rs 6,000 crore could have been
saved, he said.