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Political parties gearing up to face LS polls in TN

[Hindu, Sunday, 7 December 2008 11:24 No Comment]

Though the Lok Sabha polls are five months away, political parties in Tamil Nadu are in a hurry to clinch electoral deals to avoid any last minute delay.

 

The cadres are being geared up, with parties constituting booth level committees, which were at present doing door-to-door check of the draft electoral rolls.

 

The AIADMK, known for clinching the poll deals well in advance, had already announced that it had electoral tie-ups with the CPI-M and the CPI.

 

Both the Left parties have entered into an alliance with the AIADMK after a gap of seven years. These parties, which were in the AIADMK front during the 2001 assembly polls, had distanced themselves from the party due to "anti-labour" policy of Jayalalithaa government, when it dismissed about 1.5 lakh government employees for participating in a strike demanding revival of ex-gratia and LTA among others.

 

By bringing these parties into AIADMK front, Jayalalithaa has effectively broken the DMK-led Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA), which had swept the 2004 Lok Sabha polls by winning all the 39 seats from Tamil Nadu.

 

Meanwhile, DMK is wresting its hopes on Congress, its largest supporter with 36 MLAs, after the exit of PMK and Left parties.

 

However, there are chances of a reunion between the DMK and the PMK, with the Sri Lankan Tamils issue acting as an adhesive between the two.

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