Stalin chairs all-party meeting, announces fresh stir against AIADMK govt

Stalin chairs all-party meeting, announces fresh stir against AIADMK govt

The DMK convened an all-party meeting at its headquarters in the city over the bus fare hike. The meeting was attended by MDMK, VCK, Left except the Congress.

The ‘all-party meeting’ convened by opposition DMK on Tuesday on the recent bus fare hike in Tamil Nadu decided to hold state-wide protest meetings next week seeking a rollback of the increase in ticket rates.

DMK Working President MK Stalin, chaired the meeting, which was attended by Congress and IUML, both DMK allies, MDMK and the two left parties, besides VCK.

Stalin’s move to invite leaders of Congress and Indian Union Muslim League, Viduthalai Chirutaigal Katchi, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), Communist Party of India (CPI), and Communist Party of India (Marxist) is being seen as a formal coming together in a pre-poll alliance.

“You will know in the future,” Stalin said when asked if the participants at the meeting will become the DMK’s allies in elections.

It was also for the first time that MDMK founder and leader Vaiko entered the headquarters of the DMK after splitting from it several years ago.

Speaking to reporters, Stalin said it will be announced later as to who will participate in such meetings and where. He also said the meeting of the Opposition parties passed a resolution demanding the release of students arrested for participating in the anti-bus fare hike agitation.