Tamil Nadu: Vaiko’s MDMK exits People’s Welfare Front alliance
Vaiko said, however, the party will continue to have close ties with other parties of the alliance.
People's Welfare Front (PWF), Tamil Nadu’s four-party political alliance formed in October 2015, has fallen apart after Vaiko’s MDMK decided to leave the front.
Vaiko, also the convener of PWF, on Tuesday said his party has decided to exit People Welfare Front alliance, The Hindu reported.
However, Vaiko said the party will continue to have close ties with other parties of the alliance.
"The high-level committee of the party met and decided that the party will exit the PWF alliance,” Vaiko was quoted by the newspaper as saying.
“However, the party will continue to have close ties with other parties of the alliance such as Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, Communist Party of India and Communist Party of India (Marxist)," he added.
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Formed ahead of the 2016 Assembly elections, the alliance, which also included the actor-turned politician Vijayakanth's DMDK, placed itself as a third front in the state against DMK and AIADMK led fronts.
Expressing his shock over Vaiko’s decision, VCK chief Thirumavalavan said MDMK has the freedom to choose decide on their own.
“I have always maintained that PWF was never a permanent alliance. We came together on common issues," he added.