Left asks DMK to join third front

August 16th, 2008 - 12:18 am ICT by IANS  

Dindigul (Tamil Nadu), Aug 15 (IANS) Days after announcing withdrawal of support to the ruling DMK, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Friday exhorted Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi to join the proposed third front. “Political equations have undergone a sea change after 2004 and therefore Chief Minister Karunanidhi should weigh his political options more carefully,” state CPI-M secretary N. Varadarajan told reporters in the city, 400 km south of Chennai.

Varadarajan reiterated his party’s national concerns that led to the withdrawal of support to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in July and said the same reasons necessitated the formation of a third front not only at the centre but also in Tamil Nadu.

The announcement came a day after the main opposition led by AIADMK boss J. Jayalalitha indicated interest in the reorganisation of the third front nationally under the leadership Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati.

Jayalalitha also exhorted the Left and the PMK - both bitter critics of the DMK at different points in time - to join the state’s opposition ranks.

Karunanidhi had appealed to the Left to jettison narrow political dogma and to remember its united struggle with the DMK in the ’50s to win concessions for the working class and farmers.

While the PMK had been dropped from the DMK-led Democratic Progressive Alliance a few months ago, the Left had announced withdrawal of support on Saturday.

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