ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Tamil Nadu : Shifting Alliances

When the DMK and the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) finally decided to part ways, no one was really surprised. It had always been a marriage of convenience. They had joined forces in the wake of the NDA-moved confidence motion at the centre in 1999. Ditched by its erstwhile partners – the TMC, the JD and the left parties which voted against the motion – the DMK was looking for new partners and the PMK responded to its overtures. Even in its initial days, there was much speculation that the alliance would be short-lived and ‘politically incompatible’. These prognostications have now been borne out, with the PMK’s break with the DMK and the resignation of its ministers from the NDA government at the centre.

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