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SALEM: Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), an ally of the NDA in Tamil Nadu, on Sunday declared that it would lead a new alliance in Tamil Nadu for the 2016 assembly elections aimed at forming a government.

A special general body meeting of the party called for formation of the new alliance under the leadership of its founder president Dr S Ramadoss. At a rally in the evening, the PMK decided to name its youth wing leader and former Union minister Anbumani Ramadoss as its CM candidate.

Political observers said this indicated that the PMK may decide to quit the NDA to lead its own alliance unless the BJP agreed to let the Ramadoss-led party head the rainbow coalition of parties. BJP has already announced it would lead the NDA alliance in TN, even as the Vijaykanth-led DMDK, another of its allies, has also indicated that it would like to lead the alliance.

In his much awaited address, Ramadoss senior said his sole intention is to form the new government in 2016 in Tamil Nadu and ordered his party cadres to start meeting the 5.20 crore people in the state from Sunday onwards. "We should not wait until the election date is announced. We have to start our work quickly, so that we can meet every one," he said.

Ramadoss described himself as a warrior. "My party cadres are protestors. They will fight for people's issues. PMK is the only party which will protest for people in this State. I am not here to discuss my personal success. I have been in politics for more than 26 years. At the same time, I have not desired any posts in the government. My only intention is to form the new government in 2016 in Tamil Nadu," he said.

Speaking at the general body meeting at Kalaiarangam near Salem old bus stand, Anbumani Ramadoss, the Dharmapuri MP, said that barring AIADMK and DMK, any other party is welcome to join the alliance. In a strong attack on the Dravidian parties, particularly the ruling AIADMK, Anbumani said that people are looking for a change of government in Tamil Nadu.

"We hope that in the 2016 assembly elections, PMK would definitely form the government with the supports of public. Cadres of PMK should go and meet each and every person in the state to convey our leader Dr Ramadoss words and his principles," he said.

"Karnataka government has been initiating steps to construct a dam across the Cauvery at Mekedaatu near Hogenakkal. If the dam is constructed, our delta districts including Thanjavur will turn into a big desert. When Andhra Pradesh government constructed 36 small and big dams across Palaru river, it had later resulted in the river drying up in Tamil Nadu and reduced to just a stretch of sand. The same situation will happen if Karnataka constructs a dam at Mekedaatu," he warned. He said that the Tamil Nadu government has surrendered the state's rights to Karnataka on this issue.

He said that former CM Karunanidhi put his first signature on the issue of Rs1 per kg of rice under the PDS scheme. Similarly, the Jayalalithaa controlled government may approve conversion of all state bars as elite bars. "But our first signature campaign would be to implement 100 percent prohibition in the state," he said.

Earlier, state party chief G K Mani said in his address that PMK has been doing many good things in Tamil Nadu even though it is not in power. "PMK is the only party to get reservation for MBC category. It is the only party to have taken the initiative to cancel entrance exams for higher education," he said. "Without being in power, PMK has done many positive things for the state. So just imagine the things we could achieve if we came to power," he added.

Earlier, party general secretary Vadivel Saravanan welcomed the gathering. President of Vanniyar Sangam J Guru also participated.

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