The rift in the already fragile ‘People’s Welfare Front’ comprising the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, the CPI and the CPI-M was out in the open yesterday with the CPI-M deciding to contest the upcoming R.K. Nagar by-polls in the city even as VCK and CPI decided neither to contest nor to support any part during the by-polls.
PWF, which contested last May’s Assembly polls as a 4-party front also comprising Vaiko’s MDMK and after allying with Vijayakanth’s DMDK and G.K. Vasan’s Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC), bit the dusty by managing to win not a single seat out of all the seats it contested from. Later, Vaiko, DMDK and TMC split from the PWF which remained a 3-party set up comprising VCK, CPI and CPI-M.
CPI-M decided to field Loganathan as its candidate to contest the R.K. Nagar by-polls, a decision which didn’t go down well with the VCK and the CPI. After discussions, CPI’s State Secretary Mutharasan and VCK’s Thol Thirumavalavan met newsmen yesterday and said that they had jointly decided to boycott the R.K. Nagar by-polls.
“We are aware of the non-secular BJP’s victory in recent Assembly polls in five States and view the by-polls in this backdrop. CPI-M wanted to contest the polls but CPI wasn’t in favour of contesting. In order to keep the unity in tact amongst ourselves, we have decided not to contest the polls and also not to support any other party,” Thiruma said, not commenting directly about CPI-M’s decision to contest.