Premalatha Vijayakanth, the newly-appointed chief of the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK), asserted on Wednesday that her party was prepared to enter into an alliance under the condition of receiving 14 Lok Sabha seats and one Rajya Sabha seat in the forthcoming polls.
Speaking to the press in Chennai following a meeting with DMDK district secretaries, Premalatha outlined the party’s stance for the upcoming elections, stating, “This will be our first election without Captain. We have four options: align with DMK, AIADMK, or BJP, or contest independently. While many district secretaries favored going solo, the majority sought an alliance that would secure us 14 Lok Sabha seats and a Rajya Sabha seat, akin to our 2014 arrangement with the BJP.”
Premalatha assumed leadership of the party following the passing of its founder, her husband Vijayakanth, who was recently posthumously awarded the Padma Bhushan by the BJP-led central government.
Premalatha dismissed rumors of ongoing discussions with the AIADMK and BJP regarding alliance formation, clarifying that the DMDK has yet to engage in seat-sharing negotiations with any party. She emphasized that the party would soon establish committees for election-related activities and organize rallies across Tamil Nadu to commemorate Vijayakanth’s legacy in all four zones.
Among the resolutions passed during the meeting, one granted Premalatha the authority to determine the party’s course regarding alliances, according to a statement released by the DMDK.
Premalatha’s declarations set the stage for crucial negotiations as political parties in Tamil Nadu gear up for the upcoming polls, signaling the complexities and strategic considerations at play in alliance formations.