The Opposition Left parties and the MDMK have decided to extend support to the AIADMK for the coming Raja Sabha election. The term of six members from the state, including four from the AIADMK, former Union Minister Anbumani Ramadoss and Congress leader E M Sudarsana Natchiappan, is coming to an end next month.
It was rumoured that MDMK chief Vaiko and CPI state secretary D Pandian, both of whom had lost in the Lok Sabha election, were in the running for the one seat the AIADMK was ready to share. However, it was announced on Wednesday after a meeting of the allies at Opposition Leader J Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden residence that the smaller parties would support AIADMK candidates.
With only 55 MLAs, AIADMK needs the support of the allies — CPM, CPI and MDMK — to get its second nominee elected. The party has convened its executive committee meeting on Thursday when the two candidates for RS are expected to be announced.
On the other side of the political divide, the Congress can send a representative to the RS and is said to be in talks with the DMK for one more, while former ally PMK has sought its help in re-electing Anbumani. It is not clear if the DMK leadership has taken a favourable decision in this regard.