Flying squad raids Stalin’s hotel room in Tuticorin

Ahead of DMK president M K Stalin’s stay at a hotel in Tuticorin later today, flying squad officials conducted a search there.

Reports stated that the search was conducted following allegations about money distribution to voters ahead of by-election to nearby Ottapidaram constituency.

Stalin reached Tuticorin by a flight and campaigned for DMK candidated Shanmugaiah in Ottapidaram. By-election will be conducted in Sulur, Thirupparankundram, Aravakurichi and Ottapidaram on May 19.

Telangana Rashtra Samiti chief and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Monday called on Stalin and was closeted with him for a little over an hour over forging an alternative front.

The permutations and combinations that may emerge at the national level following results to the Lok Sabha elections on May 23 were among the points discussed, sources said.

Rao has been pushing for a a non-Congress and non-Bharatiya Janata Party formation at the Centre for some time. He had reportedly met Stalin last year to discuss the same. However, the DMK formed an alliance with the Congress for the Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu.

Last week, as Rao made a fresh push for the Federal Front, meeting Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and seeking one with Stalin. But the DMK chief was busy with campaigning, his party leaders had said.