DMDK, CPI(M) launch 'Third Front' for civic polls

Chennai: DMDK and CPI(M), snubbed by ruling AIADMK during the seat-sharing talks for next month's civic polls, on Tuesday launched a 'Third Front,' which almost came to fruition during the April 13 Assembly elections.

The CPI(M) will contest the Coimbatore and Vellore corporations besides 25 Municipalities as an ally of Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) founded by actor Vijayakant.

"A Third Front has formed which is good news," Vijayakant said.

DMDK and CPI (M) were part of the AIADMK-led rainbow coalition that defeated the DMK in Assembly polls and were expected to fight the civic polls as allies.

However, AIADMK supremo and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa announced her party's candidates for all the corporations and municipalities even as the talks were on, prompting DMDK and CPI(M) to go it alone.

Recent discussions by the two parties saw DMDK and the CPI(M) join hands to face the civic polls. A similar situation had come up during the Assembly polls too. Differences between the AIADMK and DMDK and the Left parties prompted the latter to take steps for the formation of a Third Front.

However, last minute hectic parleys saw the differences being ironed out and the parties faced elections as allies. DMK not only lost power, but was relegated to a third spot, allowing DMDK to become the principal opposition party.