In search of the most beneficial alliance for the Lok Sabha election, the DMDK has decided to skip the Rajya Sabha polls in which it can put up a fight but does not have the numbers to emerge victorious. Staying away from the RS polls instead of seeking support allows the party to maintain suspense over its possible alliance for the Lok Sabha polls.
With this, the six candidates who filed nominations by 5 pm Tuesday — four from the AIADMK, one each from DMK and CPM — would be declared elected unopposed.
“We were approached by leaders of a few parties keen to forge an alliance. But our leader Vijaykant has told us he would take a final decision only after a state conference on February 2 where the opinion of cadres will be sought,” said a DMDK MLA.
While the ruling AIADMK has enough MLAs to ensure the victory of its four candidates and back T K Rangarajan of the CPM, the rest have to join hands to secure even one seat.
Seven of the 29 DMDK MLAs have rebelled and one resigned. When the RS election was announced, there were rumours that DMK could back the DMDK candidate, paving the way for a broader coalition for the LS elections. However, with the DMDK non-committal on an alliance, the DMK renominated sitting member Tiruchi N Siva, although making it clear it was open to withdrawing his candidature.