CHENNAI: youth wing leader on Monday said his party had not got the support of people when it had contested elections alone and when it had decided not to align with either of the two Dravidian parties – the and the .
“We neither got votes nor seats. We lost the last four elections – 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2016. Hence, we had to change our electoral strategy for this election and this could change again for the next elections,” Anbumani told reporters here.
Having been given the task by his father and PMK party founder S Ramadoss to explain what made the PMK to align with the AIADMK after making hard-hitting statements against the ruling party over the last two years, Anbumani had a tough time doing that at his press conference. It was his first press meet after the PMK aligned with the AIADMK last Tuesday.
“It was the collective decision of our party cadre and leaders to align with either of the two parties this time. At the end of our party’s last general council, they gave the powers to our party founder to decide on that and it was his decision to align with the AIADMK, after that party agreed to favourably look into our ten- point charter of demands,” he said.
“Several parties, including the DMK, were talking to us. After we tied up with the AIADMK, Stalin is attacking us out of frustration of having lost out on an ally and the AIADMK-led alliance having become stronger. As far as we are concerned, the AIADMK is the leader of the alliance in Tamil Nadu. It is an NDA-led alliance at the Centre,” Anbumani said.
He had to face tough questions over his allegations of corruption against the AIADMK government and the memorandum he had submitted to governor Banwarilal Purohit.
“As a political party, we had to raise these issues that came to our knowledge. We had submitted a memorandum to the governor too. It is for him to get convinced on the charges we had levelled and initiate legal proceedings and it is up to the judiciary to decide on the that, based on merit,” Anbumani said.