Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) supremo Thol Thirumavalavan said that the alliances headed by Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan and Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) founder TTV Dhinakaran would end up favouring the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) alliance in the state.
“Kamal Hassan can get votes from elite people. This vote bank helps the DMK alliance so, it will be a favour for us. TTV Dhinakaran is also a factor in this election. He can split the vote bank from ADMK only. It is also a favour for us. Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK) leader Seeman can also split some percentage of votes from Tamil ethnic groups. Actually, this vote bank can impact the DMK alliance but it will not affect us much. Rhese three parties will not have any impact against the DMK alliance in the upcoming election,” in an interview with CNN-News 18, prominent Dalit leader Thirumavalavan said.
Thirumavalavan’s VCK is a component in the DMK-led alliance in poll bound Tamil Nadu. There are 13 parties in the alliance named Secular Progressive Alliance including DMK, Congress, left parties CPIM, CPI, Vaiko’s MDMK, VCK, Muslim League and Jawahrirullah’s MMK.
The sixteenth legislative assembly election of Tamil Nadu is scheduled to be held on 6 April.
Responding to a question about BJP and its relationship with Dalit and Adivasi communities, Thirumavalavan said: “BJP is trying to woo the SC/ST community because the scheduled caste and scheduled tribes are mostly supporting Congress all over the country; there is a challenge for BJP and Sangh Pariwar movements that most of the Dalits and tribals are converting to Islam or Christianity day by day. So, they want to stop conversion from Hindu to other religions. Hence, they are focusing on the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes to stop the conversion as it is their main motto.”