Vaiko, CPI(M) divided over naming Vijayakanth as CM candidate

Vaiko, CPI(M) divided over naming Vijayakanth as CM candidate

CPI(M), one of the constituents in the People Welfare Front, has distputed MDMK general secretary and PWF convenor Vaiko’s claim that naming DMDK president Vijayakanth as CM candidate was a mistake.

K Balakrishnan, state secretariat member of the CPI (M), said, “projecting Vijayakanth was a correct decision. There are many reasons behind the poor performance of the PWF in the Assembly elections and singling out the decision to project Vijayakanth as a Chief Minister candidate for the defeat is totally unjustifiable.”

In interviews to English and Tamil media houses, Vaiko said t it was a mistake to have gone back on the PWF’s original decision of not projecting an individual as the chief ministerial candidate.

“You must take into consideration the circumstances under which we named him as the Chief Minister candidate. We had to show respect and gratefulness to him for agreeing to be part of the PWF. Even though the DMK was ready to allot adequate seats and made other offers to face the elections, he refused to join the alliance. As a token of gratitude, we projected him as Chief Ministerial candidate of the PWF,” Vaiko said.

Reacting to it, Balakrishnan has said, “when we decided to expand the front to include the DMDK and TMC, the only condition Vijayakant hmade before joining the PWF was that he wanted the PWF leaders to announce him as the Chief Minister candidate and they had agreed to it.”