All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) would either align with the AIADMK
Thursday , March 02 , 2006
Chennai, March 1: The Tamil Nadu unit of the All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) would either align with the AIADMK, if the party gets an invitation from the chief minister Jayalalithaa, or go it alone in the Assembly elections, actor and chairman of the party Karthik said.
Talking to this newspaper, Karthik said besides these two options, he also had two other options. “But I cannot disclose them right now,” he said.
However, he admitted that the state committee members and the cadres were in favour of an alliance with the AIADMK.
“As followers of Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar we will not go after anyone for alliance. If we do not get an invitation we will contest alone,” he said and pointed out that although he had sought an appointment with the chief minister Jayalalithaa last month she had not responded. Karthik said the AIFB was “rapidly growing” and expanded its base in 15 districts. “If we decide to go alone, we can contest in 45 Assembly constituencies,” he said.
Announcing that L.Santhanam, former general secretary of the AIFB, had been expelled from the party for anti-party activities, Karthik accused him of distorting facts that led to his expulsion.
“He tried to create an impression that he turned against all India general secretary Debabrata Biswas because the latter met DMK president M.Karunanidhi, much against the will of party cadres. But it is not true. He showered abuse on Mr. Biswas even before he met the DMK leader,” he said. Explaining the circumstances that led to Mr. Santhanam’s expulsion from the party, Karthik said the state committee passed a resolution on February 23 demanding his expulsion after he pasted posters in many parts of the state against the party high command.