PMK to join hands with BJP led NDA

After much deliberation, the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) of Tamil Nadu has decided to join the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
PMK to join hands with BJP led NDA

Initially torn between supporting the AIADMK, favored by party founder S Ramadoss, and leaning towards the BJP, preferred by his son Anbumani Ramadoss, the PMK eventually settled on the latter option. The AIADMK had severed ties with the BJP a few months earlier.

Reportedly, the BJP managed to secure the alliance by offering the PMK 10 seats and a promise of a Cabinet post, likely for Anbumani, if he wins from the Dharmapuri constituency. Despite some objections from PMK members, who initially favored sticking with the AIADMK due to uncertainty surrounding the BJP's prospects in Tamil Nadu, the combined offer swayed the decision.

On Tuesday, both Ramadoss and Anbumani, who serves as the PMK president, shared the stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a public meeting in Salem. However, Anbumani is facing a corruption case investigated by the CBI, relating to his alleged involvement in allowing an Indore-based medical college to continue admissions against recommendations.

According to a top RSS leader from Coimbatore, the BJP has assured the PMK of significant support and resources to strengthen their alliance. Initially hesitant, Delhi eventually prioritized having an ally in northern Tamil Nadu, where the BJP's presence is marginal. The state BJP advocated for the alliance, recognizing the potential benefits.

The BJP's influence extends primarily to south and west Tamil Nadu, supported by allies like TTV Dhinakaran of the Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) and John Pandian of the Tamil Nadu Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK). Partnering with the PMK in northern Tamil Nadu opens new opportunities for the BJP.

Apart from the northern seats, the PMK's support could assist the BJP in securing gains in Dindigul in the south and Mayiladuthurai in the delta region. Additionally, the PMK may seek a seat in the Chennai urban area to further strengthen the alliance.