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“State will witness mid-term polls”

Special Correspondent

DMDK chief refuses to commit himself on alliance

Photo: S. S. Kumar

political predictions: DMDK leader Vijayakant addressing mediapersons in Chennai on Monday. —

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu will witness mid-term poll, Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) leader Vijayakant said here on Monday.

“I have a feeling it will be held much before 2011,” he told reporters when asked about the basis for his prediction. He said the Congress could switch camps. “The DMK may witness a split.”

Mr. Vijayakant refused to commit himself while answering questions on alliance, though he talked positively about his meeting with CPI (M) State secretary N. Varadarajan. “Let the date for the polls be announced,” he said.

He evaded a reply when asked if he was keeping his options open. “These issues can be discussed later,” he said.Rejecting actor Vadivelu’s allegation that he had instigated attack on his house on Sunday, Mr. Vijayakant said Mr. Vadivelu had become a puppet in the hands of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, who could not digest the DMDK’s growth.

“Mr Vadivelu is not consistent. First he said he had no idea about who were behind the attacks. Then he said some people came on motorcycles and indulged in stone throwing. Then he started targeting me. I will not be cowed down by these intimidations,” Mr. Vijayakant said.

As for Mr Vadivelu’s declaration that he would enter the poll fray against him, Mr. Vijayakant said he was even ready to face Mr. Karunanidhi in the elections.

He appealed to DMDK workers not to resort to violence if he were arrested. “Wear black badges and organise demonstrations in front of district collectorates,” he advised them. The police have registered a case against Mr. Vijayakant based on Mr. Vadivelu’s complaints.

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