Tamil Nadu assembly polls: 'Captain' Vijayakanth to lead DMDK-PWF alliance

 The DMDK will contest on 124 seats, PWF in 110 seats. 

Last Updated: Mar 23, 2016, 11:24 AM IST
Tamil Nadu assembly polls: 'Captain' Vijayakanth to lead DMDK-PWF alliance
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Chennai: 'Captain' Vijayakanth has finally chosen sides. DMDK joined hands with Vaiko-led People's Welfare Front (PWF) for the upcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections 2016 on Wednesday.

While DMDK will contest on 124 seats, the PWF will contest on 110 seats - Vijayakanth will be the CM Candidate of the alliance.

Importantly, the announcement comes hours before BJP president Amit Shah is set to arrive in Chennai to fine tune party's poll strategy.

Vijayakanth's announcement will also come as a disappointment to the DMK as Karunanidhi had gone public with his hope that the DMDK will join hands with the DMK to take on J Jayalalithaa's AIADMK.

What was surprising about Karunanidhi's statement was that it had come after Vijayakant took to Facebook to appeal to voters not to vote for the AIADMK or the DMK and end the close to 50-year rule of the Dravidian parties.

For Vaiko-led PWF, joining hands with DMDK was their best bet. PWF was formed in October 2015 - It consists of four political parties: Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)), and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK).