Vikravandi By-Election: Chidambaram Calls Out Alleged Proxy War

AIADMK’s Boycott Sparks Controversy as PMK Enters the Fray

Jun 16, 2024 - 11:46
Vikravandi By-Election: Chidambaram Calls Out Alleged Proxy War

In the run-up to the July 10 Vikravandi bypoll, senior Congressman P Chidambaram has sparked political controversy by claiming that the BJP and AIADMK are secretly endorsing the PMK candidate. In a calculated move, he has urged the I.N.D.I.A. bloc to support the DMK candidate in order to ensure a resounding win.

Chidambaram attacked the AIADMK's decision to withdraw from the by-election in a sharp statement published on X, viewing it as a calculated move to strengthen the chances of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate. He said, "Both the BJP and AIADMK are fighting the battle through a proxy (PMK)," highlighting the necessity for the alliance led by the DMK to respond forcefully.

On June 15, the main opposition party, the AIADMK, declared that it will boycott the bypoll for the Vikravandi Assembly constituency. This marked a major reversal in the political landscape in Tamil Nadu. The party gave two reasons for its withdrawal: possible violence and voting manipulation by the ruling DMK.

The announcement that Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), an ally of the BJP-led NDA in Tamil Nadu, will field its vice president, C Anbumani, in the race for the Vikravandi seat intensified the pre-election excitement. Following DMK's declaration of Anniyur Siva as its candidate, this announcement gave the contest an early start.

With allegations of proxy warfare and strategic alliances saturating the conversation, the by-election has emerged as a focal point for regional political dynamics. Everybody is watching Vikravandi to see how this political drama plays out as the parties set up their platforms and candidates.

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