The uncertainty in the four-party People’s Welfare Alliance (PWA) about taking part in an all-party meeting convened by the DMK to discuss the Cauvery river water sharing dispute continued despite hectic parleys that went beyond midnight to keep the coalition intact.
After the party’s executive committee adopted a resolution on Monday afternoon, VCK president Thirumavalavan along with his party senior leaders called on CPI state secretary R. Mutharasan and CPI (M) state secretary G. Ramakrishnan separately to convince them to reconsider the PWF’s decision to boycott.
While the VCK appeared to be keen on attending the meeting to be held on Tuesday morning at the DMK’s headquarters Anna Arivalayam, the MDMK and CPI-M were opposed to it.
Though sources in the PWF said that another constituent, the CPI, was not inclined to attend, the party’s state secretary R. Mutharasan said he would take a call only on Tuesday morning as he was scheduled to attend meetings in connection with this late into Monday night.
When PWF coordinator Vaiko made an announcement on Saturday about the constituents turning down DMK’s invite, VCK said it was unaware about it. VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan called for a meeting with his state office bearers on Monday purportedly to decide on the party’s representation in the DMK meet.
VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan, who flew down from New Delhi on Saturday night, hurriedly called for a meeting with his state office bearers on Monday purportedly to decide on the party’s representation in the DMK meet. The leadership is now in a dilemma, given the long-term political considerations.