Ending its alliance with Vijayakanth’s DMDK and Vaiko’s People Welfare Front combine, GK Vasan’s Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) on Tuesday announced that it will face upcoming civic polls in Tamil Nadu alone.
The announcement also ended speculation that the former union shipping minister was looking to tie-up with the DMK before the polls.
“The party will go it alone in the coming local body election, and party cadres will have to work hard to find our candidates,” said Vasan a statement.
“Though the PWF was new and there was good response at the start, we didn’t win the election since there was not time to work along with other parties,” said Vasan.
Vasan said the party could not get its symbol — cycle – in the assembly election. This was also a reason why the party could not win a single seat, he said. “We have approached the Election Commission to get the cycle symbol back,” he Vasan.
“In the last three months after the assembly elections, party members have worked very hard, and now we have a better chance to win elections. So we have decided to go it alone in the civic body polls,” he said.
The TMC leader, on September 19, had called on Leader of the Opposition M.K. Stalin at his residence, sparking rumours of a pre-poll alliance. However, resistance from the Congress and newly-installed TNCC president Su. Thirunavukkarasar — who had met DMK chief M. Karunanidhi the same day — meant that the party decided to stick with the same coalition formed ahead of the Assembly polls earlier this year, said reports.