Unconditional support to DMK to form govt if combine wins:PMK



Chennai: PMK, which clinched a poll pact with ruling DMK recently, on Monday said it would extend "unconditional support" to the party to form a government if the combine won the Assembly polls due in May but will continue to raise "issues" being an alliance partner.

"We will extend our unconditional support (if DMK forms government). At the same time, being an alliance partner, we will raise issues," PMK founder S Ramadoss said.

Speaking at the wedding of his grandson here, attended by DMK president and Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and his son M K Stalin, the PMK leader said his party had extended unconditional support during the current term also, when the DMK came to power winning the 2006 Assembly elections.

PMK, which had been a part of DMK-led alliance, had in 2008 severed ties with the ruling party, only to align with Opposition AIADMK to fight the Lok Sabha polls in the subsequent year.

However, it renewed its ties with the DMK recently when Ramadoss signed a poll accord with Karunanidhi on February 18, under which PMK bagged 31 seats to contest the polls.

Speaking at the function, Karunanidhi equated himself and Ramadoss to that of a bride and groom and said though they may experience "some differences, we will however stand united for a common cause."

Before quitting the DMK-led alliance and despite being an ally, Ramadoss had been critical of some policies of the DMK and had constantly raised the demand for implementation of prohibition even as liquor is sold through government outlets and a major revenue-grosser.

PTI