Chennai, Tamil Nadu: Actor turned politician Vijayakanth led DMDK (Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam) seems like a white horse in the run up to the Lok Sabha elections, with alliance-hungry political parties trying to elbow each other out to bag the ‘DMDK-tag’.
Both the AIAMDK and the Congress-DMK front were reported to have met the DMDK patriarch on Thursday in hopes to firm a seat-sharing alliance. DMK president MK Stalin called on Vijayakanth on Friday, same day as actor Rajinikanth met the DMDK chief.
But Stalin and Rajinikanth maintained that their visits were apolitical in nature. Actor turned politician Vijayakanth has just returned from the United States following a medical treatment.
According to a News 18 report, Rajinikanth called him “a nice man,”, adding the DMDK chief has recuperated well and “is in good health.” The actor, who is expected to launch a political party, said there was absolutely “nothing political,” in his visit.
Senior BJP leader Piyush Goyal also called on the DMDK founder and president Vijayakanth and met him at his residence in Chennai.
Goyal, also the BJP in-charge for Tamil Nadu, said the visit was to enquire about the actor-turned-politician’s health. “Everything in life is not about alliances and politics,” he said.
AIADMK and BJP recently firmed up an alliance for the Lok Sabha elections and rumour mills are ringing with a possible poll pact with DMDK too. The AIADMK had on Tuesday allotted seven Lok Sabha seats to PMK and one Rajya Sabha seat to the PMK and five Lok Sabha segments to the BJP.
Senior AIADMK leader D Jayakumar, flaying the DMK front, told reporters that talks with the DMDK was on and hoped that the Vijayakanth steered outfit would join his party-led “auspicious” alliance.
The DMDK, which contested 14 seats in the BJP-led front in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, has reportedly been demanding seats in ‘double digits’ from the AIADMK.
After the ruling party firmly said it would not be possible, the DMDK is believed to have asked to be placed at par with the PMK (Pattali Makkal Katchi), which has been allocated seven constituencies, in addition to a Rajya Sabha seat by the AIADMK.
Meanwhile, Congress leaders also visited Vijayakanth at his residence, speaking to the media State Congress leader Thirunavukkarasar said, “This is election season and will it not be a lie if I say that I did not discuss the political scenario (with Vijayakanth)?”
“I have shared with him my opinion that it will be good if he takes a good decision, keeping in mind the situation in the country for the past about four and a half years,” he added.
The DMK had on February 20 finalised a seat sharing arrangement with Congress by allotting it nine Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu and one in neighbouring Puducherry.