Vijayakanth-led Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam has confirmed that it is holding talks with the Bharatiya Janata Party for alliance in the upcoming Lok Sabha electinos. Vijayakanth's brother-in-law and the party's deputy secretary L K Sudeesh, said, "It is true that we are holding talks with the BJP for the alliance." He also added that talks are being held by the DMDK with various other political parties too. Amid speculations that the AIADMK would partner with the BJP, DMDK and PMK, senior Minister O S Manian recently said an announcement on alliance would be made in 15 days.
While another senior Minister and AIADMK spokesperson D Jayakumar said just because the AIADMK is receiving applications for all 40 constituencies, it does not mean the party would contest the polls alone. The AIADMK had already announced committees to hold seat sharing talks with alliance partners and to prepare manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The seat sharing team will consist of veterans K P Munusamy, Vaithilingam, JCD Prabhakar and Ministers Thangamani and Velumani.
While the seven-member manifesto team will consist of C Ponnaiyan, Natham Viswanathan, Minister D Jayakumar, Semmalai, Minister C V Shanmugam, Manoj Pandian and Rabi Bernard.
Another seven-member team has been formed to regulate election campaign works. It has Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai, Ministers Dindigul Srinivasan and K A Sengottaiyan, B Valarmathi, Gokula Indira, Venugopal and Vaigai Selvan as its members.